The sign of the unicorn. A fabric shop for 18th century reenactors and historians.

2014 Calendar

April 24 - 27
Fort Frederick
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 24 - 25
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 7 - 8
Klash on the Kankakee, Bourbonnais, IL.
An NWTA American Revolutionary War reenactment.

June 21 - 22
Rebels and Redcoats, Silver Lake, WI.
An NWTA American Revolutionary War reenactment.

July 4 - 6
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 - 13
Battle of Wyoming Valley in Mount Cobb, PA
An American Revolutionary War event of the Continental Line and British Brigade within the mountains of rural northeast Pennsylvania.

July 18 - 20
Jane Austen Festival in Louiseville, KY
Being the largest Jane Austen Festival in North America, there are many activities every year including a four coarse afternoon tea, grand ball, workshops, shopping and entertainment but resgister early since these tend to sell out. This is held at the beautiful Locust Grove home of the retired American Revolution general George Rogers Clark.

August 2 - 3
Pike River Rendezvous in Kenosha, WI
This is a fun relaxed event that centers around no certain time period or place. Being directly on Lake Michigan there are usually several battoes, the entertainment usually includes juggling and music and there are a number of food vendors. For participants, the fun usually runs well into the night.

August 9 - 10
28th Annual Siege at Old Fort Erie at Old Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
One of the last bicentennial events of the War of 1812 will be recreated at this event.

August 16 - 17
237th Anniversary of the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, NY
This event will reenact two major portions of the battle at the same time and as close to the actual places where they occurred as possible with one portion of the battle taking place each day. At other times soldiers will be constructing fortifications.

August 23 - 24
Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster in Big Pool, MD
This commemorates Fort Frederick's role in the French and Indian War. There are interpretive talks, demonstrations four tactical demonstrations, two each day, and merchants selling historic goods.

August 30 - 31
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 13 - 14
Cantigny in Wheaton, IL
This event is the Grand Encampment for the NWTA a Revolutionary War group and on regular years this tends to be one of the biggest Revolutionary War events in the Chicagoland area. Besides the military aspect there are a number of good shops. The grounds, gardens and The First Division Museum are a very popular attraction for the area. There is a fee for visitors to park.

September 20 - 21
Johnson Hall State Historic Site in Johnstown, NY
This Revolutionary War battle is being recreated through a unique four-way partnership with the Brigade of the American Revolution, Burning of the Valleys Military Association, Northern Brigade and Johnson Hall State Historic Site. The house itself, built in 1763, is worth a look but this event will provide a much deeper understanding of the events within the area.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site Facebook has up to date information.

September 27 - 28
Endview Plantation in Newport News, VA
This recreation of the siege of Yorktown by the Brigade of the American Revolution will include fortifications, camp kitchens and a night battle.

October 4 - 5
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 10 - 12
Mississinewa 1812
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.

October 18 - 19
Frenchman's Frolic, Rockton, IL
This rendezvous includes French traders and reenactors and is free to the public hours 9 - 4 pm.

October 31 - November 2
North American Voyaguer Council Fall Gathering
NARC Fall Gathering at Badger Camp in Prairie du Chien, WI, includes three days of intense classes to sharpen your interpretation. It is intended as a time to enjoy workshops, speakers, demonstrations, and exhibits about the Great Lakes and Canadian Fur Trade. Wm. Booth is amongst the speakers for this year. Registration is required so be sure to visit their website.

Late 18th century hand made clothing.
The two older Booth girls ages 5 and 6 playing with members of the band Lock, Stock and Barrel at Trail of History 2008.
Recreated living history clothing for late 18th century reenactors.
Living history merchant and daughter in hand made clothing appropriate for the time period of the American Revolution.
Children's clothing of the mid 1770s. Recreated from 100% linen fabric and hand sewn.

2015 Calendar

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 (last weekend)
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 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 23 - 26
Fort Frederick
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 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.

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.

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.

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
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment and shopping.