2021 Events - April-November
(These dates are tentative, depending on the status of the pandemic. Please register or check with the organizer before making plans to attend.)
July 10-11, 2021 - Summer Rendezvous, Jefferson County Longrifles, 1000 Harriger Hollow Road, Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825. Contact JeffersonCountyLongrifles.blogspot.com or Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Jefferson-County-Longrifles-250384391644116.
July 17-18, 2021 - Revolutionary War on the Frontier, Old Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact 260-437-2836. Juried; reenactor, sutler, demonstrator applications at oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/reenactor-registration. Post Miami under British control and life in a British trading post. Merchants trading wares while the British Army keeps a close eye out for rebels. Demonstrations will include military and merchant life, period cooking, period artisans, and weapons. Public hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
July 17-18, 2021 - Cass River Colonial Encampment, "Colonial Frankenmuth," River Place, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Contact Brent Kemmer, , 989-366-6531. Fur trade camp contact Merlyn Hodge, , 248-515-2398. Juried 18th-century event for Rev War, F&I, Voyaguers, Woodland Indians. Advanced registration required. A few new rules. Sponsored by Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Town also known for its Bavarian heritage, Zehnder’s and Bronner’s provides back drop for the 18th-century event. Battles centered around a fortified hill and a wooden bridge. Canoe race, period dance and ladies tea. Large public attendance. Powder ration, modern bath 24/7, showers, Saturday dinner and food for purchase on site. Set up after noon Thursday and stay until Monday to shop in town.
July 23-25, 2021 - History Alive at Fort Piqua, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua, Ohio. Contact Wayne's Legion of Fort Piqua or Laura Supinger, 937-418-2859, Facebook page. Timeline event portraying the Ohio Country 1745-1865. Vendors, cannons, skirmishes, demonstrations. Public hours 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
July 24-25, 2021 - Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Hosted by Garst Museum and Darke County Park District. Contact 937-548-5250, , www.gatheringatgarst.com, Facebook page.
July 29-Aug. 1, 2021 - Historic Camp at Spring Brook, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown, Pennsylvania 18708. Contact Guy Kroll, 570-262-3507, . Shoots include woods walk, mountain range, paper. Also hawk & knife and archery. Camp fee $25. Shoot fee $10. Long-distance shot and pistol for fun. Sutlers welcome. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
July 31-Aug. 1, 2021 - Le Rendez-vous du Detroit, Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Contact Elizabeth Bourne Nido, , , . A founders day event celebrating the cultures that put Detroit on the map. French Canadian and Native American music, dancing, food, cultural exhibits, genealogy displays, kids games.
Aug. 6-8, 2021 - Seneca Muzzleloaders Summer Rendezvous, Sandusky River Coon Hunters grounds, 7575 TR 131, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Contact Rob Gerding, 419-341-8657, email@example.com. Black powder shoot, archery, hawk and knife, children’s games, potluck Saturday evening. Registration is $25 or $15 and a prize donation. Setup after 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. No pets.
Aug. 7-8, 2021 - 18th-Century Colonial Trade Fair at the Mill, Wolf Creek Grist Mill Museum, 3175 SR 3 South, Loudonville, Ohio 44842. Contact Trevor Ross, 419-606-0274, , , www.wolfcreekmill.org, Facebook page. Juried event seeking demonstrators and traders. Setup Aug. 5-6 and can stay through Aug. 9. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7-8. Admission $3/adults and $1 off for wearing period dress.
Aug. 12-15, 2021 - Sandusky County Bicentennial +1 Celebration, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Contact Sue Brinker, , or Vicki Johnson, 419-601-2495, . Celebrating Ohio 200 years ago, but any era welcome. Festival is 3-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until after 10 p.m. fireworks Saturday. Early setup available Thursday and takedown is anytime Sunday. No camp fee. Music, performers, cannons, festival atmosphere.
Aug. 12-15, 2021 - Western PA Primitive Rendezvous, Emlenton, Pennsylvania. Contact Gene Nagel, 724-586-7220, IMMOFPA.com. Located on Independent Mountain Men property. Gate hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Camp fee $10 per person; free for ages 17 and younger. Three free bags of ice for each camp pre-registered by July 10. No extra trader fee, but goods must be pre-1840. No early setup fee. Public hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Scheduled shooting activities daily. Archery, hawk & knife, kids' games. Meat provided for camp feast Saturday; provide potluck dish. Breakfast available at clubhouse Thursday-Sunday mornings. No dogs. Horses and miles welcome if pre-registered. GPS address: 420 Squaw Valley Road, Parker, Pennsylvania.
Aug. 13-15, 2021 - Whispering Pines Rendezvous, Whispering Pines Cap & Flint Club, northern Pennsylvania, www.whisperingpines.club. Contact . Camp fee is $25 and shoot registration is $7 per person. Rifle, pistol, trade gun, black powder cartridge, woods walks and aggregates for men, ladies and juniors. Archery woods walk. Primitive attire is not required to attend or compete.
Aug. 14-15, 2021 - Revolution on the Ohio Frontier, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, . Juried event. Recreation of life in early America with weapon demonstrations and drilling.
Aug. 20-22, 2021 - Fort Fest and Fort Jennings 1812, Fort Jennings Park, Fort Jennings, Ohio. Contact Amy Ricker, 419-604-9127, , www.fjfortfest.com. Honors veterans and first responders from 1812 to present. Military reenactments, vehicles and displays. Living history camp, Native storytelling Friday and Sunday. Twilight reenactment Friday, Skirmish on the Auglaize reenactment Saturday, Applecore Inn period tavern games and demos, kids Camp 1812. Opening ceremony 5 p.m. Friday.
Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 4-6, 2021 - Great Trail Festival, festival grounds, SR 43, Malvern, Ohio. Contact 330-794-9100, www.greattrailfestival.com. Reenactors, musicians, blanket traders and buckskinning families by invitation and inquiry. Cannon firing, tomahawk contest, battle reenactments, French Quarter and participant dinner. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Aug. 28-29, 2021 - Post Miami – 1754-1763, Old Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact 260-437-2836. Juried; reenactor, sutler, demonstrator applications at oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/reenactor-registration. Known as the “Seven Year’s War,” French Marines, Forces of the Crown and Native allies wrestle for supremacy in North America. Public hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Aug. 28-29, 2021 - Lac Ste. Claire Voyageur Encampment, West Beach, Lake Saint Clair Metropark, Harrison Township, Michigan. Contact Chris Becher, or through Facebook page. Registration required to receive information and parking passes. The Lac Ste. Claire Voyageur group members represent the French during the 1760s, but all others are welcome to participate in the timeline event - voyageurs, traders, military, Native Americans, militia, craftsmen, Colonial habitants and others in the Great Lakes Fur Trade era up to 1820. Demonstrations and displays of canoe building, skills and crafts, trade goods, military life, cannons and weaponry, music and dance, stories and lectures. Open to visitors 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; annual state park parking pass or $10 daily pass required.
Sept. 3-6, 2021 - Greene County Fish & Game Labor Day Rendezvous, 1538 Union Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Contact James Moody, 937-805-9313. Camp fee. No extra fee for traders. Competitions include rifle woodswalk, smoothbore woodswalk, archery. hawk & knife, pistol match, pastry toss.
Sept. 4-5, 2021 - The Fair at New Boston, George Rogers Clark Park, 936 S. Tecumseh, Springfield, Ohio. Contact Pam Cottrel, 937-322-4181, , 937-882-9216, www.fairatnewboston.org. Sponsored by George Rogers Clark Heritage Association. Invitation-only, juried event. Time period 1790-1812. Friday school day. Entertainment, food, taverns, craftsmen, Woodland Indian village, military encampment, children’s games and puppets, music, street entertainers, shopping. Learn dance steps from 1800. Battle reenactment each day.
Sept. 4-5, 2021 - Fort Henry Days 2021, Wheeling, West Virginia. Website, www.forthenrydays.org. A tribute to Wheeling’s frontier era. Setup Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and 7-9 a.m. Saturday.
Sept. 4-6, 2021 - Fort Rowdy Gathering, Covington Community Park, 140 W. Broadway, Covington, Ohio. Contact Kari Hollis, 937-570-8548, , Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1644286689160840 . Rendezvous and community festival along the Stillwater River, connected by a 209-foot-long portable footbridge. Free live entertainment on both sides of the river and food and crafts on the festival side.
Sept. 10-12, 2021 - Jennings Creek Council Fall Rendezvous, Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road, Van Wert, Ohio 45891. Contact Larry Curl, , for registration form or information. Competitions include rifle, smoothbore, archery, hawk & knife and men’s and women’s games. Canned meat prizes; junior aggregate. Council fire Saturday evening. Wooded and open camp sites. Showers. Flush toilets. Fishing and swimming in the pond. No pets.
Sept. 10-12, 2021 - Rendezvous On The Reserve, Montpelier Historical Society, Montpelier, Indiana 47359. Contact Bryon Maddox, 765-730-0400, . Educational event for public. Participants are encouraged to demonstrate a skill from the Indiana fur trade era; $5 stipend for demonstrators. Advanced registration preferred before Sept. 7. Limited to first 50 camps. Camp fee is $20 if pre-registered; $25 at the gate. Setup starts at 10 a.m. Thursday. Enter and check in at north gate. Take your own drinking water. Competitions include shoots, hawk & knife, archery, skillet toss, kids' games.
Sept. 11-12, 2021 - Muzzleloader Rendezvous Black Powder Shoot & Artisan Show, Endless Mountains Primitive Outdoorsmen, American Legion Post 510, Route 6, Black Walnut, Pennsylvania. Black powder shooting, sharpshooter and pistol paper targets, a hawk and knife walk, a woods walk, primitive archery, trapping, fire starting. Primitive or non-primitive camping. $10 camp doantion. $20 vendor donation.
Sept. 16-19, 2021 - Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, lower level of Hedges-Boyer Park, Tiffin, Ohio. Contact Ron and Melissa Kramer, 419-447-6010, www.tiffinfestival.com. Registration required. Early setup available after noon Wednesday. No set-ups Friday until after 2 p.m. and must be completed before 9:30 a.m. Saturday. No camp fee. Call for vendor fees. School day Friday. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Lantern tour at dusk Friday. No competitions. GPS address: 180 Summit St., Tiffin, Ohio. Printing map from website recommended.
Sept. 16-19, 2021 - Military timeline event, Crestline Historical Society & Museum, former Hutson Football Stadium, Crestline, Ohio. Contact Julie Rossington, 419-569-4454. Timelines starts with Revolutionary War and continues through time. Event is fundraiser for museum taking place during the Harvest Festival. Friday school day tentatively planned.
Sept. 17-19, 2021 - The Legacy of Mary Ingles, Mary Ingles Trail Associates, Beech Fork State Park, Barboursville, West Virginia 25504. Contact association, 304-937-4505, , ridinghorses5.wixsite.com/maryinglestrail.
(New event) Sept. 18-19, 2021 - Warren County Frontier Fair, downtown Lebanon, Ohio, at Historic Glendower Mansion, Harmon Museum campus and Molly Harmon Park. Hosted by Warren County Historical Society and Main Street Lebanon. Contact Sheila Kendall, 513-232-2218. Ohio frontier event, 1790s-1820s. Seeking portrayals, demonstrations, skills, crafts, music, storytelling relevant to the time period. Period sutlers and food vendors are welcome with no vendor fees. Reenactors camping on the Glendower lawn. Public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Official opening of the soon-to-be-placed Beedle Cabin planned during the event.
Sept. 25-26, 2021 - Life in Early Ohio, Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact 419-874-4121, . Juried event. Historic skills and
Sept. 25-26, 2021 - Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor St., Huntington, Indiana 46750. Contact or 260-359-8687.
Sept. 25-26, 2021 - 1778 Siege of Boonesborough, Fort Boonesborough State Park, 4375 Boonesborough Road, Richmond, Kentucky 40475. Contact Bill Farmer, fort manager, 859-527-3131 ext. 6, . Battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. each day. Night battle Saturday at dusk. Features 18th-century life in Kentucky.
765-573-3033, . Largest War of 1812 event in North America commemorates the Battle of Mississinewa. Juried event. Military encampment, Indian village, Rivertown, wilderness area. Commemoration of battle fought Dec. 17-18, 1812. Public hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 in advance, $9 at the gate; ages 6-12 $5 in advance, $6 at the gate. GPS address: 6000 N 300 W27, La Fontaine, Ind.
Oct. 1-3, 2021 - Vermilion Creek Colonial Muster, 11854 Peacock Road, Laingsburg, Michigan 48848. Contact 517-651-9193. Queen’s Rangers and Peacock Road Family Farm co-host a colonial event for 1750s-1780s. Demonstrations of period music, cooking, crafts, mock battle scenarios, artillery firing. Natives, French, British and American soldiers and civilians of the colonial period. Early setup on Thursday for those participating in the school program on Friday.
Oct. 2-3, 2021 - American Heritage Days, Richland Early American Center for History, Brinkerhoff Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio. Contact Lance Stalnaker, 614-266-5740. Set up Thursday evening or Friday. Friday is a "food truck festival" for townspeople as they watch the official opening and camp set-up. Food trucks also available to reenactors. Grounds feature an 1808 log cabin with fireplace and oven for use by reenactors if desired, an original 1812 Blockhouse and a late 18th/early 19th-century blacksmith shop that will be fully operational by October. Dance Saturday evening with period musicians. No camp fee. No merchant fee. Take down camp Sunday evening or Monday. Public hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.