Old town Historic park is an interesting way to present history. The state has preserved this "old town" , but instead of empty buildings with artifacts, you step into the town with lively reinactments and handcraft and skill demonstrations.
Shopping and restaurants, yes. But at times I would be in a store and saying to myself, "am I in a store, or a museum?" Old timey women's dress shop with period dresses, ribbons, hats, interspersed with modern things. Leather shop with belts, hats, and... Old six shooters in the case? And the women working leather behind the counter.
In Old Town it is all about the interaction with those doing the reeinactments. Ask questions, that is where the experience begins. When you go into the shops look into the cases. It is like going into a museum, where everything is for sale!
I've seen a lot of stuff in my travels, and to me, there was a lot of really meat uniques items and I didn't feel like it was the same stuff, repeat. It held the curiosity of what will be next?!
I had a fascinating conversation with the blacksmith and was fully impressed with the movement
that exists in preserving these skills through living history.
Read the reviews for a good restaurant. We ate in the park at a Mexican restaurant that was so-so.
I thought it was neat. We went twice, I can see why people like it.