National Historical Park Encampment 2014

National Historical Park Encampment 2014

July 26; July 27
Time: 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 
English Camp Parade Ground & Barracks
Admission: 
Free

Park staff, volunteers and re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada recreate life on San Juan Island at mid-19th century.

The weekend includes recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing, cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue. Black powder rifled musket demonstrations and the firing of howitzer also are planned both days. As it has since its inception in 1998, Encampment commemorates the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by British and American forces from 1859 to 1872, and final settlement of the Northwest Boundary dispute.

Karen Haas will present “I Am Always on the Women’s Side - Civil War Vignettes” at 7 p.m., Friday, July 25 in the English Camp barracks.

Saturday (July 26) activities will culminate in the Candlelight Ball, scheduled at 8 p.m., in the English Camp barracks. The public is invited to join in the dancing and refreshments that will include the traditional cake and punch. Music for contra dancing will be provided by the Pig War Band.
For more information about or participating in Encampment 2014, call Doug Halsey at (360) 378-2240, extension 2228 or e-mail him at douglas_halsey@nps.gov. All black powder demonstrations are done with blank cartridges on a controlled range under strict NPS safety standards.