January 9 - 11
New Orleans 1815
Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park, New Orleans, LA. As of 10/13/2014 1200 military and civilians have registered to attend this event! It should be the largest recreated 1812 battle since the year 1812. Although the Battle of New Orleans is being recreated on Sunday, January 11th the night battle of the 23, the reconnaissance in force of December 28 and the action on the West Bank will be recreated on Friday and Saturday. Besides all of this, beginning January 6th there are concerts, dinners and and dances along with all the historic sites within the area to attend.
January 17 - 24
Alafia River Rendezvous
Homeland, FL. This event annually draws 1200 costumed participants and boasts over 100 craftsmen and vendors. This year will be our first year in attendance so we really don't know what to expect. I am excited for the opportunity to promote a high level of authenticity and to talk a lot about fabric and fashion over the week long event.
January 30 - February 1
Military History Fest XI
Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center, St. Charles, IL. This is a trade show for reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public for all historic periods. It boasts almost continuous classes and many merchants. It is really worth a look to see the movies on thier website. New for this year is a full encampment, military vehicle rally and heavy weapons display.
February 7 - February 8
Living History Trade Fair
Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, Ohio Times: Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Cost$ 5.00 /person or $7.00/weekend pass.
February 28 - March 1
Echoes of the Past Trade Show in Oshkosh
Echoes of the Past trade show includes merchants and classes for reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public from the mid 1700s to the 1860s. Note that the website is from a previous year since the current one is no longer current.
March 7 - 8
Old Town Trade Fair
120 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH. Admission is $3 per person, $2 if dressed in pre-1890 clothing; children 12 and younger free. No animals allowed but there is food available.
March 12 - 14
“MOMCC Spring Conference
Collinsville, IL is the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council includes several days of visiting historic sites and various classes. There will be a number of merchants with historical reproduction goods available.
March 21 - 22
Kalamazoo Living History Trade Show
This is the largest indoor trade show in the Midwest with hundreds of merchants and classes providing goods for pre 1890s reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians, and the general public.
April 10 - 12
Fort De Chartres
Fort De Chartres, IL is a juried living history event depicting the Illinois Country ca. 1750-1790. This is a smaller event than the summer rendezvous that is more representative of history.
April 23 - 26
This event in Big Pool, Maryland represents eastern North America from 1730 to 1790. At the fair you will see sutlers, traders, street vendors, entertainers, individuals, groups, military units, and American Indians portraying the 1730s up to the early republic.
May 8 - 10
Raid on Martin's Station
Raid on Martin's Station, Ewing, VA. This will be our first time attending this 1750 to 1776 juried event. A large range of merchants attend and we will be open Friday for the school day. There is a charge of $10 parking per vehicle for the public to visit this event.
May 23 - 24
Spirit of Vincennes, Inc
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, Vincennes, IN. An American Revolutionary War reenactment on National Park Service land with a Rendezvous directly across the street. This event is filled with great entertainment, lots for children to do and is one of the largest Revolutionary War events in the Midwest. Although there are many things to do one of my favorites is the Old Cathedral, Basilica of St. Francis Xavier which was first built in 1826 on the site of older churches.
June 6 - 7
Rebels and Redcoats, Old Fort Niagara, NY.
A first year combined Revolutionary War event attracting members of the NWTA, Brigade of the American Revolution, Continental Line and British Brigade.
June 6 - 7
Rebels and Redcoats, Petrifying Springs Park, WI.
An NWTA American Revolutionary War encampment with battle at a new location. Wm. Booth, Draper will have a smaller stock at this event.
June 13 - 14
Klash on the Kankakee, Perry Farm Park, Bourbonnais, IL.
An NWTA American Revolutionary War reenactment.
June 20 - 21
1812 Muster, Venoge, IN
Musée de Venoge is one of the few remaining examples of the French colonial architecture that characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County, Indiana. At this event you will see militia and cannon demonstrations and country dancing outside, hearth cooking and domestic arts inside the farmstead.
July 3 - 5
Old Fort Niagara, NY
A reenactment of the French and Indian War and Old Fort Niagara's largest event of the year. If you have never been to Fort Niagara this is worth a visit.
July 11 - 12
Battle of Hubbardton, Addison, VT
An American Revolutionary War event by invitation only. We have not been to this event since 2011 but have been looking forward to returning ever since. This event is a grass roots effort with several merchants and a beautiful camp ground and battlefield in the rolling hills of Vermont. The locals know of the event and it is well attended by the public. There are a lot of quality participants who attend this event.
July 18 - 19
Montcalm's Cross: The 1758 Battle of Carillon - Re-enactment. We are continually impressed by the quality of interpretation and commitment to first rate quality historic interpretation Fort Ticonderoga continues to offer. If you are interested in quality not quantity this event is it!
August 1 - 2
Pike River Rendezvous
Pike River Rendezvous, Kenosha, WI. A 1670 to 1830s historic event.
August 8 - 9
30th Annual Siege of Fort Erie, Ontario
This has become one of the largest War of 1812 Events in Canada with many merchants in attendance. There is a fee to enter the fort and Parks Canada has a wonderful interactive museum and a candlelight tour of the Fort (requiring an additional fee).
August 15 - 16
Daniel Boone Homestead, PA.
A Revolutionary War Event each day will feature two battle reenactments. Throughout the day, visitors will also have the opportunity to shop in an eighteenth century marketplace.
September 5 - 6
The Fair at New Boston, Springfield, OH
A 1790 to 1810 early republic trade fair with lots of good demonstrators and merchants. This is a large event with three working taverns, a coffee house, livestock and great entertainment. Laura and Paul worked at this event over 10 years ago and are excited to revisit old friends. There is a small fee for visitors.
September 12 - 13
Cantigny in Wheaton, IL
Cantigny tends to be one of the largest Revolutionary War event in the Chicagoland area. Besides the military aspect visitors can expect to see a number of good historic merchants, music and period dance. The grounds, gardens and The First Division Museum are a very popular attraction for the area. There is a $5 fee per vehicle to park. Yes, we're double booked this weekend. Cantigny will have a smaller set-up than most years.
September 12 - 13
Brown's Raid, Fort Ticonderoga, NY
This event is probably the largest American Revolutionary War reenactment of 2015. Eleven top of the line merchants are registered with many dealing in fabric. If you have never been to Fort Ticonderoga it has a great museum with a huge collection and knowledgeable staff, the gardens with both vegetables and flowers are wonderful to visit and the staff have worked hard to maintain the highest standards of historic accuracy in their impressions. This should prove to be one of the most outstanding events of 2015. There is an entry fee for visitors. Yes, we're double booked this weekend. Brown's Raid will see our full set-up.
September 19 - 20
2015 Return to No. 4, Charlestown, NH
The Revolutionary War Weekend includes a battle, the fort and shopping at the 16 merchants available and the fort bookstore. There is a fee for all over 5 years old to enter the fort ranging from $6 to $10.
October 3 - 4
Feast of the Hunter's Moon Lafayette, IN
Feast of the Hunters' Moon at Fort Ouiatenon is a mid to late 18th century annual fall gathering that has continued for 44 years.
October 9 - 11
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.
October 17 - 18
This is a rendezvous for French traders and re-enactors. There is no charge for the public to visit.
November 6 - 8
NAVC Fall Gathering
The North American Voyageur Council is a nonprofit educational organization for individuals interested in various aspects of the fur trade era, whether researchers, reenactors and living historians, history buffs, or the curious and interested. The fall gathering is their time to share knowledge through classes and workshops. Wm. Booth, Draper will present two classes this year one on 18th century children's toys along with a workshop making a toy windmill and another on French Canadian women's winter accessories. Several merchants including Wm. Booth, Draper will sell historic products. Participants must be a member of NAVC for a $15 fee and register for classes for $100. A schedule is provided upon arrival to allow you to choose from an array of overlapping classes.