Genesee Country Village & Museum
Tactical demonstrations and drills will be part of the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration at Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, on Saturday and Sunday.
June 21, 2012
MUMFORD — It was just one sentence. One hundred and thirty-nine words. But it contained the country’s very first declaration of war against another nation.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that war be, and the same is hereby declared to exist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America . . .
Thus did the fledgling United States of America challenge and eventually battle one of the most powerful nations in the world to a standstill two years later.
The reading of this proclamation will be one of many highlights that make up the War of 1812 Bicentennial/Jane Austen Weekend at Genesee Country Village & Museum on Saturday and Sunday, almost 200 years from the day that news of the declaration reached the region and shook the very marrow of Western New York.
The museum’s historic village will be populated by visiting War of 1812 re-enactors, who will offer insight into the impact of the conflict on the region.
Reenactors from as far away as Washington State will participate as soldiers, townsfolk and suttlers (peddlers). Among them will be Native Americans portraying Seneca traders.
Many Seneca became allies of the United States during the War of 1812. But the heavy casualties suffered by both the New York Seneca and the Upper Canada Iroquois in the Niagara River Battle of Chippawa (July 5, 1814) led both to withdraw from the non-Indian war.
However, the weekend isn’t all about war; there will also be a special tribute to Jane Austen, the Regency Era and its fashions and fascinations.
The weekend’s activities include:
- Morning parades & flag raisings
- Fashion shows featuring military uniforms and Jane Austen-style dresses
- Live target shooting with muskets & artillery
- Jane Austen dance demonstration (Saturday only)
- Demonstrations of period tailoring, dressmaking and hair styling
- Tactical demonstrations and militia drills
- Patriotic concert (Sunday only)
- Specialty shopping (jewelry, textiles, patterns, Native American wood and leather items) with visiting storekeepers
Admission is: adults $16.50; youth (4-16) $10.50, seniors 62+ & students with ID $13.50, children under 3 admitted free. For more information call (585) 538-6822 or visit www.gcv.org.