But how proper is it? Well, when I started doing research, most SCAdians seem to think that these Pennsic homes go into the creative part of the Society for Creative Anachronism. All I could find were mentions of covered wagons going back well into period but nothing on the wooden huts. That was, until I realized it was a terminology issue. Vardos - those beautiful 19th and early 20th century wooden wagons weren't necessarily period- but shepherd's huts are.
Anytime I did a search on tiny homes -which my trailer most resembles in a modern context- I would come across British and Australian articles about shepherd's huts. Having not heard the term before, I decided to dig more deeply into what those wear and came across Shepherds' Huts & Living Vans By David Morris. Inside the book is a quote by Leonard Mascal from 1596:
in some place the Shepheard hath his cabbin going upon a wheel for to move here and there at his pleasure
A cabin on wheels? That sounds like my Pennsic house. 1596 is just inside the SCA pre-17th C guidelines, but it works. In the book, I also saw a couple of illuminations from the 15th century depicting shepherd huts. Curious, I looked for more and found quite a few now that I knew what to look for. Thank goodness for shepherds being a popular subject in the Renaissance!
|"The Annuciation to the Shepherds" from the Trivulizo Manuscript Book of Hours, late 15th century, by Simon Marmion (1425-1489)|
|Early 16th C, Book of Hours The following link is to the full page which is not work safe http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8596871g/f16.item|
|3rd quarter 15th Century http://manuscripts.kb.nl/zoom/BYVANCKB:mimi_76f27:061v|
|~1465 Book of Hours http://manuscripts.kb.nl/zoom/BYVANCKB%3Amimi_76g14%3A049r|
Basically, a house on wheels is perfectly period for the SCA period. It might be late for some people but as my persona is late 15thc into the 16th C, I'm really excited about these images.
EDIT: If anyone would like some more information, I stumbled across this article in French that gives a few more examples of Shepherd's huts, called roulotte in French. I've also started a pinterest board regarding the Shepherd's huts in the SCA time period that should be regularly updated. So far, 19 images!