Shelton father and son cook up Revolutionary family fun

On Memorial Day weekend, Shelton resident Daniel Tyler will be cooking outdoors, but he won’t be grilling hot dogs or hamburgers.

First, he will don the uniform of a continental soldier from the Revolutionary War.

Then he’ll set a fire and begin cooking a modern interpretation of the rations soldiers consumed during the late 18th century while he and other members of the 5th Connecticut Regiment participate in the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield.

Tyler and his 13-year-old son, Ian, will demonstrate and discuss the rations soldiers were supposed to receive while “in the field,” and explain why troops didn’t always get their full rations.

The pair will set up some games soldiers would have played during the little “down time” they had, such as dice games, cards, fox and geese, and dominos. They also will explain the use of Continental currency in colonial gambling.

Educating the public

The 5th Regiment is dedicated to educating the public on the role Connecticut played in the creation of the United States.

A history buff, Tyler has been a member of the regiment for a couple of years. “They don’t teach you in school what the daily life was like for the men and women who sacrificed so much,” he said.

He enjoys participating in encampments because they allow him to share information with people in an entertaining way. When he’s not living the 18th-century life, Tyler is an insurance agent.

The encampment’s public events take place at 211 Main St., Wethersfield, on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Encampment admission is free; regular admission charged for optional tours of the museum.