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Life during the War of 1812

Living history reenactors from all over Ontario, Quebec and the United States will return to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum on September 21st and 22nd, where they will recreate life as it was in Upper and Lower Canada.

Living up to its name as the best-kept secret of the region, the 10th-anniversary edition of the Battle of Glengarry is the last big event of the 2019 season at Dunvegan’s Glengarry Pioneer Museum. All of the museum buildings will come alive as reenactors portray various aspects of civilian, business and military life in this region during the War of 1812 time period.

Surrounding the buildings, tented encampments will be set up across the grounds offering behind-the-scenes glimpses of military, indigenous and civilian life. Tour the McCaw’s Privateers encampment and check out their boat moored beside the Orange Lodge. They will tell you tales of the naval trade on the St. Lawrence River through theatre and song, and a few lucky ones may be fit enough for the crew.

If shopping is on your list, bring lots of spending money as you stop by Sutler’s Row. Here, vendors will be offering an array of historical reproductions and clothing, leather goods, cast-iron cookware, maple syrup, fresh vegetables and fruit for sale. The historic Star Inn Tavern will have two varieties of ale on tap by local craft brewery, Cassel Brewery and premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders from Sarah Cole Cider house. Other food and refreshments will be available onsite.

For the child in all of us, be sure to visit the one-room schoolhouse and meet the schoolmistress. Don uniforms and wooden muskets for the Military Muster just before the battle. Returning this year, living-history guided tours will be taking place both Saturday and Sunday for up-close glimpses of life as it was in 1812.  Demonstrations of sword play, zxe throwing, stone carving, tinsmithing and blacksmithing will be going on both Saturday and Sunday.  Moose the Donkey will be roaming the grounds looking for some attention.

All visitors are invited to a recreating history event on the porch of the Roxborough Hall on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm as real-life newlyweds Joshua and Val of the 100th Regiment of Foot will be re-enacting the 1812 wedding of their ancestors William Vaughan and Jane Copeland.  An English country dance will follow in the Williams Pavilion.

On Saturday, September 21 only, the museum is also participating in the first-ever Glengarry Routes Heritage Bus Tour!  Free shuttle buses will pick up visitors at three locations in Alexandria, including Island Park, Mill Square and The Grotto and will bring them out to Dunvegan to check out the festivities. There will be fun activities, live music and art installations at the various stops along the way.

The highlight of the weekend will be the recreated battles which will be staged at 3 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Re-enactment organisers are asking that visitors park in assigned parking areas. The cost is $10/person or $25 for a family of 4; kids under 12 are admitted for free. The event happens rain or shine! There are more details on the Facebook page and here: www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca.

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