The Old Millstone Forge, possibly the longest operating blacksmith shop in America, may have operated before 1700. It remained active until 1959 and today the shop is open to the public as a museum and features smithing demonstrations. Blacksmiths held a unique position in colonial life. At his coal fired forge the blacksmith made tools for farmers, utensils for homes, rims for travelers’ coaches, and weaponry for soldiers. The recreation of colonial villages provides a proper setting and atmosphere for reenactors to portray the blacksmith’s skills, bringing to life our historic past for today’s public. Reenactors play a vital role in bringing to life not only the wartime events of the American Revolution but as well the involvement and contribution of the civilian community.