Fall Encampment: A Simple Revolutionary Weekend

Saturday October 30 & Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Admission: $8 for ages 12 to adult, $4 for ages 6-11, free for 5 and under.

Limited on-site parking. Free shuttle parking available during Encampment hours from nearby Champions Park. Details TBD.

Note: This Revolutionary War re-enactor event is this year’s stand-in for the annual 18th Century Market Fair, which will return in 2022.*

Experience the 18th century with all five senses!

We’ll have musical and other entertainment, camp life, trade and military demonstrations, sutlers and vendors, food and drink sellers along with military and civilian living historians.

It is the end of the campaigning season, and the tail of the harvest. Soon frost will arrive and the soldiers will hunker down in their huts and cantonments. Yet as they go into winter quarters, an almost festival like atmosphere prevails, as local dignitaries arrive to meet the commanders, local civilians- hawkers and gawkers, sellers and purveyors, camp followers and washer folk, all the myriad locals who want a piece of the excitement, and some coin- congregate at the farm of the prosperous Croghan family, near where the armies camp. Drills and parades, tactical displays, entertainment, food and drink, and all sorts of activity will be on display.

In addition to the military encampments, there will be mash making in the distillery, the army surgeon and map maker, mercantile factors discussing rations with the Quartermasters, period food and domestic demonstrations in the kitchen, civilian activities and demonstrations near the camp, cunning woman fortunes and demonstrations from Lisette Le Poux, and musical entertainment from Jack Salt and the Captain’s Daughter and the ballad duo Sweet William. Various sutlers and hawkers will be in attendance as well.

Soldiers and distaff of the military units will be issued with “scrip” to purchase food provisions from farmers and maybe even a tot or two from the whiskey distillers as they bring a keg to camp! (no actual whiskey!)

Food will be provided by:

Hellringer and Kurtz Kaffee Haus
Locust Grove Concessions – modern food with a historical twist

Performers include:

Jack Salt & the Captain’s Daughter
Sweet William
Lisette Le Poux, cunning woman (Tarot reader)

As plans develop, we will update this site.

Please direct inquiries to Lance Minnis at lance@lanceminnis.com Military regiments should register by emailing Lance.
All reenacting participants should complete the following forms:
2021 Temporary Volunteer Form_Fillable

Demonstrator App_Agreement_Fillable

Entertainer App_Agreement_Fillable

Sutler App_Agreement_Fillable

*for the past year, Locust Grove has been undergoing construction of a new events pavilion and other visitor amenities which severely limits the spaces available for programs and parking for our fall events. This, and the ongoing pandemic, made presenting a full Market Fair untenable in 2021. We fully expect to return in 2022 with a revitalized and even better Market Fair experience.