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Rick Sheets at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Rick Sheets, Uncategorized on July 12, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Rick Sheets, our North Carolina compatriot, interpreted Revolutionary War engraved powder horns, accoutrements and flintlock arms to the public at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Lynchburg, Virginia at its Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, 2016. This is Rick’s fifth year. He was joined by his girlfriend Pam Lappegard who makes powder horn straps. Pictured are friends and fellow Colonial artisans Jeff Bibb (of Monroe, Virginia) on left and Clinton Byers (of Boone, North Carolina) on the right  with Rick Sheets in the middle. The weather cooperated with just a few light showers, the public enjoyed lots of re-enactors and activities. See to learn about Thomas Jefferson’s “other” home.

Rick Sheets at High Point Museum!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Educational Presentation, Rick Sheets on April 17, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia


Rick Sheets, our long-distance North Carolina compatriot, interpreted the historic uses of cow horn at the first Colonial Trades Day at The High Point Museum in Highpoint, NC on the 16th of May, 2016. He really enjoys showing the little ones the use of engraved powder horns during our Revolutionary War as well as the flintlock guns of that time. The public is always amazed at the variety of uses of horn- the first plastic!

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter “Long Distance” Compatriot Represents at Moore’s Creek Bridge

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Moore's Creek Bridge, Rick Sheets on March 1, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Rick Sheets of Durham, North Carolina, holds a very interesting “record.”  He is member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter who lives furthest away from Trigg County … which he’s never even visited!  Rick lives a whopping 650 miles and ten hours away from Cadiz, Kentucky.

So how did he ever become a member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and the Kentucky Society?  Well … it’s kind of a long story.

Rick “met” Col. Stephen Trigg President Geoff Baggett online in 2014 through an internet search.  You see, Rick is a folk artist and horner … he make beautiful historic replica powder horns and other items from cow’s horn.  Geoff was in search of an authentic horn for his revolutionary War uniform impression.


Rick with his grandson, Liam.

When they connected the subject of SAR came up, of course, and Geoff asked Rick, “Why aren’t you a member of SAR?”  Rick’s reply was that, thus far in his research, he had never been able to connect to a Patriot ancestor.

So Geoff “got on the case” and applied his genealogy skills, and two days later he found Rick’s ancestor … David Johnston of Virginia.  Amazingly, Johnston served under Gen. George Rogers Clark on the northwest frontier and, no doubt, spent some time in the portion of Virginia now known as Kentucky.  A couple of weeks later Geoff mailed him his completed application, all ready to submit.  Rick elected to go ahead and join the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and then, perhaps, transfer to a closer chapter in North Carolina … someday.  It was received at National on December 31, 2014, and he was approved a couple of months later.  I

And the rest is, as they say, “history.” It’s been over a year now, and Rick is still a Col. Stephen Trigg member!  So far Rick has stuck with the Trigg County boys (even though he hasn’t met a single one of them).  He is an avid living historian, demonstrating his craft and skills at historic events throughout Virginia and the Carolinas.  And in the process he also represents the SAR with skill and pride.

The chapter has dubbed him Col. Stephen Trigg “East.”  He makes presentations and earns “Americanism Points” on a regular basis for the chapter.  We even provided him with a chapter wreath, just in case he might have the opportunity to present it at any events where he is doing his living history impression.

Well, the stars aligned this past weekend when Rick took part in the annual commemoration weekend of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge at the Moore’s Creek National Battlefield in North Carolina.  The annual SAR commemoration of the event was held on Saturday.  It was a National SAR Color Guard event.  And Rick Sheets … who has never set foot in Trigg County, Kentucky … presented a wreath on behalf of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of Cadiz, Kentucky. Pretty cool.

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Rick with Superintendent Ricardo Perez at the Moore’s Creek Monument After the SAR Ceremony


Rick Sheets Salutes a Patriot Colonel on His Recent Teaching Trip to Virginia

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Rick Sheets, School Presentation, Speakers Bureau on May 7, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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“A zealous and active Patriot of the Revolution…”

Quite an amazing statement on the tombstone of Virginia Col. Charles Lynch!

Col. Stephen Trigg “long distance” compatriot and North Carolinian  Rick Sheets took a moment this past week to tip his workman’s cap to Col. Lynch’s stone in the family graveyard at Avoca (known as Green Level in Col. Lynch’s time) in Altavista, Virgina.

Rick was at Avoca to interpret historic horn work for their Colonial School Day (named the “Jane Andrews Student Event Day”). On May 5th, Rick and the other Colonial and Revolutionary War interpreters gave seven individual presentations to the energetic and smart elementary students from the local area. To read more about Avoca, check out their website.

Rick Sheets and His Work Display at Avoca

Rick Sheets and His Work Display at Avoca

Compatriot Rick Sheets Shares His Powder Horn Decorating Skills

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Powder Horns, Rick Sheets on April 14, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On April 11, 2015, the South Carolina State Museum presented the inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, featuring displays and sessions about 18th century flintlocks.  The event included two presentations on Decorating Powder Horns by Rick Sheets,  Journeyman Horner and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR “long distance” compatriot, was honored to present different engraving styles and tips on engraving horns.

The two sessions were well attended.  Attendees included  five young Revolutionary War re-enactors (ages 19 and under) who displayed a real interest in learning horn work.

Photos courtesy of Lappengard Photography.

Rick Sheets (center back) answers questions from conference attendees.

Rick Sheets (center back) answers questions from conference attendees.

Interested students examine Rick's work.

Interested students examine the work of various HCH hornmakers.

Rick displays some of his handiwork.

Rick displays some of his handiwork, as well as the art of other HCH hornmakers that he borrowed for this event.

A beautiful display of Rick's horns and other historical reproductions.

A beautiful display of the work of various HCH hornmakers … Master Horners, Journeyman Horners, and talented Freeman Horners.

It’s Official! Compatriot Rick Sheets!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member, Rick Sheets on February 26, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Rick Sheets has been approved as of today!!

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Rick Sheets is a unique member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  He is one of our growing band of “long distance” members.  Rick is a horn maker and folk artist from Durham, North Carolina, creating beautiful replica powder horns, horn cups, horn books, and other similar similar items.  He adds his beautiful art in the form of scrimshaw on the horns.  He markets his art through his web site (see our links on the right) and appears at living history events and re-enactments throughout the Carolinas.

Chapter president Geoff Baggett recruited him to the SAR last year when he hired Rick to make him a horn in honor of his ancestor Capt. James Shelton of the Henry County, Virginia, militia.  Rick had hit a”brick wall” in his ancestry research and Geoff put his genealogy skills to work and broke through the wall, connecting him with his ancestor David Johnston, who served in the Virginia militia under George Rogers Clark.  His application was received for consideration on December 31, 2014.  It was approved today!

Now Rick is serving as our official “East Coast” branch of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  We have provided him with a wreath and name placard that he can present at ceremonies and events in the name of our chapter.  So even thought he’s not here in Kentucky with us, he is still able to connect with and serve the chapter as an active representative!  Someday when he finds a chapter near his area that he connects well with, he can transfer out … or maybe stay on as a dual member. 😉

Please join us in welcoming our newest “official,” application-approved Compatriot, Rick Sheets of the great state of North Carolina!


Awesome New Addition to Our History Trunk!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Colonial Artisan, Rick Sheets on December 20, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just received a gift in the mail today from our newest and most distant member, Rick Sheets of Durham, North Carolina.  Rick is a colonial artisan and horn-maker.  He specializes in making reproduction colonial-era powder horns and other horn objects.

And what did he send us?  This incredible horn book!

Horn Book by Rick Sheets

Horn Book by Rick Sheets

The hornbook originated in England as long ago as 1450. They were used in Colonial America as well. The hornbook was used to teach reading to children for over 300 years. A child was not trusted with an expensive book, but would start out with this primer of a single sheet of press-printed paper usually containing the Lord’s Prayer.

The sheet was pasted on a wooden paddle then covered with a pane of horn that was flattened and thinned to the point of being nearly transparent. A mica pane was also used instead of horn on many hornbooks.

The horn or mica was held in place with metal or leather strips (called lattens) and tacks.
Around 1800, the hornbook fell out of use in favor of cheaply printed lessons on thin cardboard.

Rick wanted this piece of history to be included in our “American Revolution in a Trunk” presentation in classrooms and schools.

Here’s a picture of Rick at work in the field, wearing his colonial clothing and working with authentic tools.

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Check our Rick’s work and the merchandise he has for sale at!