Skip to main content

Muskets, Drums and Secret Trails



The Historical Society of East Gwillimbury, had an event in Anchor Park in Holland Landing commemorating the War of 1812-1814 and celebrating 200 years of peace between the nations of Canada and the United States.

The days events had a Re-enactment of a skirmish complete with colourful costumes, a mock encampment and relics of use in that period of time.  Here you can see the performers getting ready.  You can see the uniforms of both sides of the battle.

Getting ready

The Town Crier announces the events and the Sargeant of Arms announces the order of the battle with lots of anecdotes of the times, colours of the uniforms, the drill and life in camp.  All very interesting.

in charge positions triptch


It was explained to us that in most skirmishes there were a very small group of men on either of the sides as there were not many people here at that time in history.  It is an amazing thought with populations of today and the size of armies these days.  The muskets went off with a big bang and we had casualties on both sides but they rose from the dead at the end.   I enjoyed watching it.

I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.



Lisa Gordon said…
How much fun it must have been to see this, Valerie!
Thank you for taking us along with you.
eileeninmd said…
Looks like a fun time, loved the photos. Have a happy week ahead!
Kara said…
I lived in a town that had a Revolutionary war days festival every year. They had re-enactors there and it was great fun to attend and see it all.
Anonymous said…
Lovely historic reenactment photo mosaic ~ Happy Week to you ^_^
Vee said…
Sounds very interesting and enjoyable, especially since the fallen rose to fight another day!
Pamela Gordon said…
Really interesting post and great photos and mosaics. I like historical re-enactments like this and think they are important to know about and learn of our history.
Lorrie said…
Historical re-enactments look like a lot of fun. Someday I hope to see one live.
So glad everyone got up and walked off the field.!
Looks like an interesting day!
Nancy said…
The only kind of "war" I wish we had to watch or experience. Fun post!
Jill Harrison said…
amazing the effort that people put into these reenactments - still it is a great way of keeping history.
Have a wonderful week.
podso said…
I always enjoy historical reenactments. It's a good way to understand history. And it looks like a nice sunny day.
podso said…
I always enjoy historical reenactments. They help make history come alive. Your photos are so good, and it looks like a wonderful sunny day.
Pondside said…
What an interesting afternoon that must have been. We say such a reenactment at the fortress at Louisburg - a treat for all of us history buffs!
Icy BC said…
Now, this had to be so much fun to attend and so much to observe..Beautiful photos!
shirley said…
Fun photos! Reenactments are very interesting and really give you a feel for the actual event - I don't think I would want to wear all those clothes!

Popular posts from this blog

Hoping You Have a Blessed Easter

Abstract Flowers

I found this photo in my Lightroom files yesterday and I decided to join Bonnie for her monthly Pixel Dust Photo Art PhotoArtFriday. Her theme this month was funny enough abstract art.  So I added one of her textures called Si  Belle to my abstract flowers and that is it.

First Birthday

Yesterday my husband and I attended our granddaughters first birthday party.  The house was alive with little ones having a fun time of running through the house.  Kenzi wanted to join it but they kept knocking her down as they sped past her.  She is a trouper though.  No tears as she got back up and tried to go with the flow again. The hitch came when she was to participate in the smash the cake ritual that all of my daughter-in-laws family do at the first birthday.  Her maternal grandmother had made the smash cake and Kenzi was supposed to get down into it with both hands and get covered in cake.   Kenzi was having no part in it.  She cried as her hand was pushed into the cake.   Oh well maybe next year.  It was lovely to see all the little babies born at the same time as Kenzi and how sweet they all were.  Kenzi’s cake was an Elmo cake.  He is her favourite character.  I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.  I can feel spring in the air even though we have quite a bit of snow left bu…