Living History Encampment

Gathering at Garst Living History
Gathering at Garst Living History

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Boy Whittling

Gathering at Garst Living History
Gathering at Garst Living History

Gathering at Garst Living History
Gathering at Garst Living History

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The living history encampment is set up in a timeline manner dating from 1750-1865. Re-enactors  in period clothing demonstrate what life was like for our ancestors.  Watch the blacksmith hammer iron into useful tools, the basket weaver caning charis and creating fine baskets, and the box-maker bending wood.  Skilled historic craftsmen will be forming copper into mugs, making tools from horn & bone, and tanning hides. These can all be considered unique pieces of historical art.

 

Native American Indians were here before the white settlers arrived.  Listen to their stories of survival and daily life. Many battles took place during the times from the Revolutionary War thru the Civil War.  You will see what their camps were like and smell the gunpowder used to fire their guns.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions as the folks are friendly and eager to share their knowledge with visitors.  

 

Cannon demonstrations will take place throughout both days. Skirmishes, and storytelling. Children’s games and carriage rides will be a-plenty. 

The living history encampment has become a favored area of our annual Gathering at Garst Festival and once again we're adding an extra day to the encampment schedule for this amazing event.

 

Join us on Friday evening (July 24th from 4-10pm) for the candlelight tour. Experience an from long ago as storytellers and period re-enactors captivate you with their tales of frontier life.

 

It's a FREE event for the whole family with plenty of pioneer activities for adults and children to enjoy.

Living History Encampment

Candlelight Tour

Friday Evening

July 23rd

4-10pm

 
 
 

Ready...Aim...Fire!

With gunpowder and cannons aplenty, the living history encampment will likely be a hive of activity, anticipation, and thunderous booms during the Gathering at Garst.

 

At the heart of the cannon field will be the First Mad River Light Artillery and Amherst Artillery to masterfully man, load, fire, and re-set the cannons.  Visitors are able to gather at the firing field in the encampment to watch the entire process, ask questions, and...when the time counts down...plug their ears and brace for the boom!

 

Thanks to the partnership with the Darke County Parks, there is ample gunpowder for both Saturday and Sunday firings.

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Encampment Sponsors

Darke County Park District – Encampment Host
Leis Realty – Encampment Sponsor
Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe – Encampment Sponsor

 
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Encampment Schedule of Events 2021

FRIDAY

Living History Encampment Exclusive

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is for the encampment area only – the museum grounds will be CLOSED on Friday.

  • FREE Parking will be available in the front and back museum lots on Friday.

 

  • 4:00p.m. - Encampment opens to the public. Shopkeepers and camps will be open.

  • 4:30p.m. – 6:00p.m. Rascals, Rogues, Scoundrels, Mountebanks & The Flea Circus!!! Faire Wynds Camp

  • 6:00p.m.  – 8:00p.m. Native American Storytelling and Song – Native American Camp

  • 7:00p.m. – Hawk & Knife Throwing – Hawk & Knife Area

  • 8:00 – 9:30p.m. – Drab Irish Band – The Bower

  • Dusk - Possible Night-Time Cannon Shot Around Dusk

  • 10:00p.m. - Encampment Closes...See you in the morning!

  • 11:00p.m. - Quiet Time...shhh! Everyone is sleeping

 

  • Strolling entertainers will be performing. Join our many demonstrators and vendors as they display their wares, share historical stories/knowledge and skills. Learn about and share with your children and grandchildren these many virtually lost historical trades, skills and stories spanning the period from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.

  • Join us as evening falls and the lanterns and campfires are lit. Listen to the Native American Indians as they share stories, songs, and drumming. Bring your blanket to sit on and plan to experience an evening you will never forget.

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SATURDAY

Encampment All Day Activities Include:

The Snake Clan, Native American Camp, The Air Balloon will be on the grounds flying. Historic vendors and demonstrators of all sorts! Blacksmiths, potters, beading, linen workers, weavers, furnishings, candle makers, book shop, gun makers, clothing, fabrics, shoes, wheel maker & camp boxes, trade silver, cooking and food preservation and so much more!
 

  • 10:00a.m. Opening-Anthony Wayne Peace Council House-Flag Raising, National Anthem, Gun Salute, Cannon Fire!

  • 10:15a.m. – “Rascals, Rogues & Scoundrels: An introduction to the Low End of 19th Century Society” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 11:00 a.m. –  Artillery Demonstration – Encampment -  Cannon Grounds

  • 11:30 a.m. –  Hawk & Knife Throwing – Encampment “Montebanks and the Early Entertainments Part 1” Faire Wynds Camp

  • Noon

    • Chief Black Hoof – The Bower – Encampment

  • 12:15p.m. – “The Cheat, Liar, and, Thief: Street Gaming, Magic, and the Language of the Hustle Gangs”Faire Wynds Camp

  • 12:30 p.m. –  Spikeman’s Co. – Encampment – French and Indian War, 18th Century American Military & Civil History

  • 1:00 p.m.

    • Artillery Demonstration – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 1:30p.m.

    • Native American Storytelling and Song – Anthony Wayne Peace Council House

    • “The Little Ones Presents: A Fleas Circus” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 2:00 p.m. –  Daughters of the American Revolution/Lady Karen Burkett – The Bower – Storytelling

  • 2:15p.m. – “Higgin’s Five Sweet Swindles for Success” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 2:30 p.m.

    • Spikeman’s Co. – Encampment – French and Indian War, 18th Century American Military & Civil History

  • 3:00 p.m. –  Artillery Demonstration – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 3:15p.m. – “What Would You Do to Survive” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 3:30 p.m. --  Hawk & Knife Throwing - Encampment

  • 4:00 p.m.

    • Native American Storytelling and Song – Anthony Wayne Peace Council House

  • 4:30p.m. -  “Mountebanks and the Early Entertainments Part 2” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 5:00 p.m. -- Artillery Demonstration – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 6:00 p.m. – Drab Irish Band – Encampment -  Bower 

  • 7:00 p.m. – Artillery Demonstration – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 8:00p.m. - Encampment Closes

  • 11:00p.m. - Quiet Time...shhh! Everyone is sleeping

    • Reopens at 10:00 a.m. Sunday for Devine Church Service in Encampment

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SUNDAY

10:00 a.m. Divine Service with Parson John-Encampment-Public Welcome

  • Please park in the front museum parking lot off of N. Broadway.

  • Wilson Avenue, that runs beside Garst Museum, will be closed until 11:am .

  • *The museum grounds will not open until 11 a.m. Free parking in this lot until 11:00 a.m.


Parson John will hold an 18th century Church Service. The public is invited to attend as he provides a glimpse into the type of hymns that would have been sung and the style of sermon a person might have heard during the years between 1740 and 1800.  The Pamphlet (bulletin) printed for the service uses 18th century fonts and type styles including the long “s” which many confufe for an “f”. 

 

You are most welcome to attend the divine fervice!

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11:00 a.m. -- The Gathering at Garst Opens

  • Encampment and Garst Museum grounds are open to the public. All vendor booths open.

  • Garst Museum Hours 11-4. Regular admission applies to tour museum.
     

Encampment All Day Activities Include:

The Snake Clan, Native American Camp, The Air Balloon will be on the grounds flying. Historic vendors and demonstrators of all sorts! Blacksmiths, potters, beading, linen workers, weavers, furnishings, candle makers, book shop, gun makers, clothing, fabrics, shoes, wheel maker & camp boxes, trade silver, cooking and food preservation and so much more!
 

  • 11:00 a.m. – Artillery Demonstrations – Encampment Cannon Grounds

  • 11:30 a.m.

    • Native American Storytelling and Song – Anthony Wayne Council House

    • “Mountebanks and the Early Entertainments Part 1” Faire Wynds Camp

  • Noon

    • Drab Irish Bank – Encampment – The Bower

  • 12:30p.m. – “Higgin’s Five Sweet Swindles for Success” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 1:00 p.m.

    • Artillery Demonstrations – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 1:30 p.m. -- Spikeman’s Co. – Encampment – French and Indian War, 18th Century American Military & Civil History

  • 2:00 p.m. – Chief Black Hoof – Bower – Encampment

  • 2:15p.m. – “The Cheat, Liar, and Thief: Street Gaming, Magic and the Language of the Hustle Gangs” Faire Wynds Cam

  • 2:30 p.m.

    • Hawk & Knife Throwing – Encampment  Hawk and Knife Area

  • 3:00 p.m.

    • Artillery Demonstrations – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 3:30p.m. – “The Little Ones Presents: A Fleas Circus” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 4:00p.m.

    • Native American Storytelling and Song – Anthony Wayne Peace Council House

  • 4:15p.m. – “What Would You Do to Survive” Faire Wynds Camp

  • 4:30 p.m. -- Artillery Demonstration – Encampment – Cannon Grounds

  • 5:00 p.m. – EVENT CLOSES  -  Thank you for celebrating our history.  See you next year: July 30-31, 2022