As dawn breaks over the campsite, soldiers begin stirring in their tents. Some tend to breakfasts over campfires while others see to the artillery. It's a scene straight from a Revolutionary War encampment?and that's exactly the way the reenactors intended it. Each year, roughly 275 of them flock to Locust Grove to camp out for two days, each of which ends with an artfully staged mock battle.
But when visitors come to the 18th Century Market Fair, they won't just find battle awaiting them. Top-notch craftsmen and artisans also roam the grounds, hawking replicas of 18th-century military and household items. "It's all very reminiscent of the type of market days they would have had during this time period," says Locust Grove's program director, Mary Beth Williams. Cooks dish up stews, pies, and cornbread alongside wine, ales, and apple cider. Nearby, families and historical buffs alike cheer on jugglers, watch as women prepare meals in the colonial kitchen, and listen to live music. And it's not just adults and time travelers creating the historical scene. "There's a lot of re-enactors of all ages," Mary Beth says. "I think it's particularly fun for kids to see other kids running around in period costume."
The fair's grounds lend to the historical accuracy. William and Lucy Clark Croghan built Locust Grove in 1790, on 55 acres of rolling land. To this day, their original Federal-style house remains, with its separate kitchen, icehouse, spring house, and barn. Over the years, Locust Grove was inhabited by Revolutionary War commander George Rogers Clark and served as a stopping point for Lewis and Clark as they walked across America as part of an early Nike ad campaign.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Each Wash-N-Shine location is a modern and friendly bathhouse for weather-beaten vehicles. The Super Shine package provides a smattering of premium services for four-wheeled friends, including tire cleaning, bug removal, and trunk massaging. The advanced Quicksilver Touch-Free washing system gently bastes panels with a three-color foam bath before augmenting surfaces with Lustra Shield, a glossing agent and brake-dust repellant that ensures a shinier scuttle through town. Car care concludes with a powerful drying session that dispels droplets for radiant, streak-free gleam. Neighbors and co-workers will whistle at your roadcraft's shiny new exterior while mechanics and sewer dwellers gape at its immaculate undercarriage.
Reward your car with NAPA AutoCare Center's standard oil change, filter change, and 21-point inspection to avoid engine-killing sludge buildup and improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Vehicle inspections follow rigorous guidelines to improve your auto's performance and extend its life. Methodical mechanics will examine your motor's essential components—from fluids to fan belts, fuel injectors, and filters—leaving you with an eight-paneled brochure detailing the results, plus your car's horoscope. As a token of appreciation, you'll also receive a keychain (while supplies last) for $5 off your next service at NAPA AutoCare.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Tire Discounters’ auto specialists have been mending tires and servicing engines for 35 years. The 90-minute car physical treats beleaguered engines to a fresh oil filter and a crisp draught of up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic Valvoline DuraBlend oil (a $34.95 value). Car physicians then focus on the treads, granting three years’ worth of wheel alignments (a $149.99 value), and a lifetime of tire rotations and balances keep handling crisp and reduce uneven tread wear (a $99.95 value). (Vehicles that require after-market modifications may not be eligible for alignment services.) To top things off, Nitrogen gas ($23.80 for four tires) keeps tires inflated for up to 25% longer than regular air and makes tires run cooler to reduce the risk of failure or overcooked hubcap omelets.