Raven's Fort members re-create Hughstown

Visitors to the Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville, Texas may have been surprised to find knights in armor demonstrating combat, but the SCA folk were celebrating Houston's ancestry by creating “Hughstown,” the community founded in Scotland in 1153 by a Houston ancestor. (photo)

Reporter Matthew Jackson of the Huntsville Item visited the festival and spoke to several members of the Barony of Raven’s Fort (Kingdom of Ansteorra) about the demonstration and members' participation in the SCA. “It expands the living history horizon,” said Tiarna Devin Phelan O’Donnabhain, a Sam Houston Folk Festival board member and active SCA participant for nearly 30 years. “We wanted to show where Sam Houston’s family line came from. He didn’t just magically appear.”