War of 1812 Re-enactment Weekend, Sept. 8-9

Monday, September 3, 2012

BACKUS HERITAGE CONSERVATION AREA – On the weekend of September 8th and 9th, the story of the War of 1812 comes to life at Backus Heritage Conservation Area in Port Rowan with the annual War of 1812 Re-enactment Event.

Step back in time and experience the battles, gunfire, encampments, period games and artillery demonstrations. Over the course of the weekend, more than 200 re-enactors and settlers are expected to set up camp in the Heritage Village.

Each day features exciting battles, tours, demonstrations, music, and Sutler’s Row. Visitors can explore military encampments and speak to soldiers and civilians about what was happening in the area during the War of 1812.

The event is open to the public Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three battles will be staged during the weekend featuring American and British infantry, First Nations Allies and militia re-enactors. A battle takes place at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with a special twilight battle taking place on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

The 1798 Backhouse Mill National Historic Site stands as a landmark from the War of 1812. Although no actual battle took place on the grounds, the local area was the scene of skirmishes and American raids.

While no one is quite sure why the Mill was not burned during the raids of 1814, the stories that survived are sure to intrigue visitors. Visit the old red mill, meet the Miller and see how flour was produced more than 200 years ago.

The weekend-long event includes:

• Period Merchants

• Military Encampments

• Cannon and Musket Firing

• Period Magic Show

• 1812 Surgery Station

• Mill Tours

• Battle Re-enactments

• Children’s Militia Muster

Contact Backus Heritage Conservation Area at 519-586-2201 or visit http://www.lprca.on.ca for a list of activities and times.  Backus is located 2 km north of Port Rowan.

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