Encampment returns to English Camp this August

Posted July 15, 2022 at 12:23 pm by

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San Juan Island Nation­al His­toric Park shares good news about the return of their Encamp­ment event.

Encamp­ment, San Juan Island Nation­al His­toric Park’s annu­al pop­u­lar liv­ing his­to­ry week­end, is back this year after a three-year hia­tus. Join us Aug. 6 and 7 at the Eng­lish Camp Parade Ground for a glimpse of the past as liv­ing his­to­ry inter­preters dressed in peri­od cloth­ing will por­tray Hudson’s Bay Com­pa­ny employ­ees, Amer­i­can sol­diers, and British Roy­al Marines from the mid-1800s.

Demon­stra­tions that will bring his­to­ry to life include loom work, met­al­work­ing, fur trade, and what life was like for mem­bers of the mil­i­tary of all ranks and their fam­i­lies. Mid-nine­teenth cen­tu­ry games will be avail­able for vis­i­tors of all ages to par­tic­i­pate in and a can­dlelit dance will be held on the evening of the sixth.

“Encamp­ment has drawn San Juan Island res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the park to expe­ri­ence the peo­ple and per­son­al­i­ties who informed impor­tant his­tor­i­cal events that make the island what it is today,” said San Juan Island NHP Super­in­ten­dent Elex­is Fredy. “We are delight­ed to be able to host such a pop­u­lar and unique event again this year.”

This year marks the 150th com­mem­o­ra­tion of the set­tle­ment of the bound­ary dis­pute between, and joint occu­pa­tion of, Amer­i­can and British mil­i­tary forces on San Juan Island in 1872. Encamp­ment will play a cen­tral role in the park’s abil­i­ty to share the sto­ry of peace­ful res­o­lu­tion and pro­vide a win­dow into the lives of the peo­ple who were impacted.

Vis­i­tors are also encour­aged to explore the new Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, with com­pelling exhibits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs­day through Tues­day each week. Check the park’s web­site for updates on addi­tion­al pro­gram­ming and oth­er com­mem­o­ra­tive events that pay trib­ute to this his­toric anniversary.

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