Haven’t had enough history this weekend? Check out the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) as history comes alive with costumed re-enactors sharing the skills used in 1814 to construct naval Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough’s fleet. Taking place Aug. 17 and 18, this reenactment weekend is an event that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.
The shipbuilding races and naval battles of 1813 were critical to the outcome of the War of 1812, and American success in 1814 depended in part on gaining control of Lake Champlain. Step back into the bustle of camp life, talk to sailors, shipwrights, rope workers and blacksmiths. See nineteenth-century musket, cannon and military drills. At North Harbor, lend a hand hoisting the sails on the gunboat. Some unusual demonstrations include rope making with a rope walk machine, sail making, and glass bead making. There will also be activities for kids and presentations where re-enactors lay out all of their kit and talk about who they are and what they carry. It’s a great opportunity put a human face on history!
The Nineteenth Century Reenactment will be held on the Museum grounds Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 10 am-4 pm. All activities are included with Museum admission or annual Museum membership.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, across from the Basin Harbor Club. Open daily from 10 am-5 pm, through Sunday, Oct. 13. LCMM Members and children 5 and under get in free every day. Information at 475-2022 or www.lcmm.org.