Founder’s Weekend Re-enactment and Colonial Trade Fair

Date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Jul 16 2017 .
Sat, 07/15/2017 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Date: 
Sun, 07/16/2017 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point, Ogdensburg NY 13669
Event Specifics: 
Founder’s Weekend
 
Re-enactment and Colonial Trade Fair
 
July 16 & 17, 2016
 
Admission
Adults $7
Children ages 7 thru 12 $2
Children 6 and under FREE
 
 
Founder’s Weekend re-enactment and colonial trade fair on Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point is a commemoration of Ogdensburg’s French colonial roots. The weekend is a colorful tribute to the founding of Fort de La Présentation in 1749 through to the end of the French period in 1760 with the Battle of the Thousand Islands, which was the last battle of the French and Indian War.
 
The action-packed weekend attracts a range of re-enactors from Canada and the United States. Many from Quebec descend from the men who served here more than 250 years ago in regular and militia regiments. Similarly, many Americans portray the provincials and rangers raised in the areas in which they now live, and some may have had ancestors serving in those long-age units.
 
White canvas tents run the length of the point defining the well ordered French and British camps, the cluster in the Navy camp, the hodge-podge of navy tents and the array of merchants and civilian trades.
 
History comes to life in the range of 18th-century daily activities from the preparation of meals to battles on land and water. Medical care and black smithing, fife and drums, spinning and quilting are some of the activities visitors may encounter.
 
Soldiers in bright uniforms drill and patrol their camps against enemy incursion. Skirmishes pop up throughout the day, and there are morning clashes on the river and afternoon battles on land. (Visitors can watch the battle from bleachers.)