Though Mobilians are most prone to look at their second century of existence through romanticized eyes, it’s hard to ignore the pluck it took to wrest a living from its first 100 years on the edge of the continent. The History Museum of Mobile will make that a little easier now.

The18th-century experience is brought to vivid illustration with demonstrations on lost skills such as candle making, sword fighting, blacksmithing, churning butter, writing with quill pens, colonial crafts and games. There will be a petting zoo of animals normally found in colonial settlements, storytelling and a West African culture booth, all manned by experts and re-enactors.

Cost is $1 (cash or check) and it’s free for teachers and bus drivers. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

For more info, call 251-208-7569 or go to

Colonial Day
Where: History Museum of Mobile (150 S. Royal St.)
When: April 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.