Over the weekend the annual Colonial Market & Fair was held at the Mount Vernon estate in Northern Virginia. Mount Vernon is the home of U.S. first president George Washington.
For months the Mount Vernon Events team has been planning the annual fair, which is described as a "one of a kind" in North America.
Over 40 vendors were present for the event, which included an 18th century chocolate making demonstration, along with several forms of Colonial-era entertainment.
Throughout the market several groups of musicians could be heard, and visitors walking on the outskirts of the market could see the encampment of living history re-enactments, bringing to life the First Virginia Regiment.
A variety of handmade soaps could be purchased at this tent. The pretty scents were noticeable several 'storefronts' away.
The Market Square, which was located under a tent and set up to resemble an 18th century-style gathering place, drew much of the day's attention. Visitors came in and sat upon the bales of hay to watch the day's performances which included Signora Carmella Bella, the Great Equilibrist & Juggler, Otto the Swordswallower, The James Rose Puppets with a presentation of "Punch & Judy", and Dr. Balthasar, Miracle Medicine for Man and Beast. The entertainers brought laughter, astonishment and disbelief to the audiences in a variety of Colonial-era performances held throughout the day.
'General Washington' speaks to a group of his guests
The event, which has been held annually at Mount Vernon for over 15 years, is a popular event for locals and visitors. The weekend proved to be perfect in terms of weather for a fair as sunny skies and comfortable temperatures arrived simultaneously with the start of autumn.