Experience 18th-century life through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and military demonstrations. Aspects of colonial American life will be available for you to experience – agriculture, blacksmith, education, games, gunsmith, military, and much more.
February 1779 – Vincennes, Ohio Country in The Western Theater
The British have armed and recruited Indian war parties to raid the Kentucky settlements, opening up a western front with the rebel colonists. George Rogers Clark, older brother of William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, believes that he can end the raids by capturing British posts in the Illinois and Ohio Country. After convincing Virginia governor Patrick Henry of his plan, he returns to the frontier with gunpowder and a commission as a lieutenant colonel. His initial successes and gains are at risk as British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton retakes Fort Sackville, located along the Wabash River, on the border of modern-day Indiana and Illinois in late 1778. Fearing that every day delayed makes Hamilton’s position stronger, Clark decides to launch a winter attack with a daring 200-mile march where his committed buckskin-clad militia wade through miles of standing water. Arriving at the fort, the smaller American force bluff Hamilton into surrendering the garrison by raising enough flags to make their strength look like over 600! Clark’s success was celebrated across the colonies and was used to encourage the alliance with France. The occupation assured the ceding of the frontier, and what became the Northwest Territory, to the new United States of America at the end of the war.
18th-Century Military Demonstration – twice daily
Both Continental and British troops will demonstrate 18th-century military maneuvers. Though similar, you will learn the differences between the two opposing forces. This will be introduced by a rousing fife and drum march and concluded with a booming artillery demonstration.
Stop at the apothecary tent to learn about 18th-century medicine. Several surgical techniques will be demonstrated, and none of them will be frightening to watch.
Stage Drama – four times daily
Performed multiple times daily, come see “Committed”, a stage drama by Kimberly Olson and Melissa Patterson, telling the story of George Rogers Clark and the great things affected by a few men well conducted at the siege of Fort Vincennes.
Projects – twice daily
We offer optional hands-on crafts to make something special to take home. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
April 24-25, 2020
Friday & Saturday
9:00AM – 4:00PM
Life Fellowship Church
11500 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80020
$5/person (age 4+)
Field trips: $4/person
We require each family to fill out a Liability Waiver. Save time, and print at home. Print each guest’s name, and have each adult sign. Children under 18 are not required to sign, so long as a parent or guardian has signed.