Living History Encampment
The Living History Encampment is set up in a timeline manner dating from 1750-1865. Reenactors in period clothing demonstrate what life was like back in the day. Watch the blacksmith hammer iron into useful tools, the basket weaver weaving fine baskets, the boxmaker busy bending wood. Skilled historic craftsmen will be making copper mugs, vessels and tools made of horns and brooms. These are all unique one-of-a-kind handmade pieces of 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 these times from the Revolutionary War thru the Civil War. You will see what their camps were like and smell the gunpowder used to fuel their guns and cannons. Don’t hesitate to ask questions as the folks are friendly and eager to share their knowledge with visitors.
The cannon demonstrations will take place both days throughout the day along with skirmishes, and storytelling. Children’s games and carriage rides along the shaded camp will be a-plenty.
2019 Encampment Sponsors
BROCIOUS PLUMBING & HEATING & AC LLC
THE COFFEE POT
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FRANCIS CONDON INSURANCE
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2019 Encampment Participants
With gunpowder and cannons abounding, 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.