More than 40 re-enactors brought history to life last weekend as the Glengarry Pioneer Museum held its downsized 1812 Living History weekend.
The September 25-26 two-day event attracted approximately 150 visitors to the museum site in Dunvegan – most of whom came out on Saturday to see War of 1812 battle skirmishes featuring antique rifles and cannons. The museum grounds provided ample space for everyone to set up camp, do drill practice, cook food over fires, play music and generally enjoy the company of other like-minded history buffs.
“Those who ventured out, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the often one-on-one interpretation by re-enactors,” said Pioneer Museum Curator Jennifer Black, who noted the event faced a lot of competition from a busy September weekend in the region.
Historian Richard Feltoe had tables of original and replica artifacts from the early 1800s – from writing boxes and hornwear (cups, spoons, etc), to muskets, pistols and an original cavalry sword. Spinning wool, fashion, early land surveying were other things visitors could learn about.
“The families who reenact are friendly and knowledgeable people who love what they do,” Black commented. “They all were thrilled to be able to come out to the museum on this beautiful weekend and the museum was thrilled to have them bring colour and life to the grounds.”
The weekend marked the end of the prime tourist season and was the last chance for visitors to take in the museum and its 10 historic buildings, containing the site’s extensive collection of artifacts. While it was the last major event at the Pioneer Museum this year, staff encourage visitors to build onto their visit by downloading the Glengarry Routes Heritage Driving Tour, available through the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s website.