Events for 2021(?)

March 15, 2021 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

I know that I have been pretty quiet as of late. The situation with Covid restrictions has been tough to assess. They seem to be loosening up in some areas and some groups are finally starting to plan events. There are other questions that I have heard expressed by concerned reenactors. Will Cancel Culture put a stop to Civil War reenacting? How about WWII? Will the Germans be allowed to show their faces? Will leftist politicians protect reenactors from violent radicals? I guess we will just have to wait and see on the answers to those questions. I feel that the folks in our hobby have a responsibility to share our knowledge of history with an increasingly history-ignorant public. It is an effort that we must feel duty-bound to make. Anyway, that is my spiel. Here is the info that I have so far:

All listed events are tentative pending Covid restrictions, government rulings, etc.

February 2021

18th Century February 26-27. Prickett’s Fort, Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. 18th Century Firearms and Accoutrements Show.

March 2021

Timeline – March ? No info at this time. Reenactor Appreciation Weekend,  Gettysburg, PA.  For information see:

Timeline – March 20-21, Military Through the Ages,  at Jamestown Settlement, Jamestown, VA. 

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Backyard Reenacting

Posted September 29, 2020 - No Comments

We all know that this reenacting season has been pretty much a wash. Linda and I decided to regard this as a “rebuilding year” and just work on our impressions. In an effort to keep our skills sharp and see what needs repaired or improved, we have set aside an area in our backyard to […] ...


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Posted May 25, 2020 - No Comments

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Books, Civil War, History, News, Reviews

Book Review: Sacred Ties

Posted May 23, 2020 - No Comments

I learned today that the Tidioute Remagen Bridge reenactment has been cancelled, although this may be partly because the organizers have heard that the Reading Airshow may be moved to that date. How everything shakes out remains to be seen. At least we have books to read. Book Review: Sacred Ties Sacred Ties by Tom […] ...

Civil War, Diaries

Book Review: Eye of the Storm

Posted May 2, 2020 - No Comments

It isn’t exactly news at this point, but just about every event that I know about through June has been cancelled or postponed. Since we have no idea whether we will have much of a reenacting season, or whether we will have one at all, I will try to put in some historically related posts […] ...

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Events: January to June 2020

Posted January 8, 2020 - No Comments

This is what we have so far: January 2020 WWI – January 10-12, 2020: “Fortifying the Line” (Unit Sponsored Event) (Hosted by Fusilier Regiment 90). Time period: Early 1915. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. ...

Civil War

Cedar Creek 2019 From the Confederate side

Posted December 21, 2019 - No Comments
Cedar Creek 2019  From the Confederate side

The reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek was held over the weekend of October 19-20. Since I hadn’t fallen in with the Confederates at a larger event, I decided to do so this time. I have known Tony Morgan since the days of filming ‘Gods and Generals,’ and he was pleased to have us […] ...

18th Century

Fort Ligonier Days

Posted December 7, 2019 - No Comments
Fort Ligonier Days

On the weekend of October 12-13, Ligonier, PA celebrates Fort Ligonier Days commemorating the 1758 siege of the British fort by French and Indian forces. My wife and I joined up with Les Compagnies Franches de la Marine du Contrecouer, which recreates one of the French Marine regiments garrisoned at Fort Duquesne. I as a […] ...

18th Century, News

Fort Henry Days 2019

Posted October 1, 2019 - No Comments
Fort Henry Days 2019

The Fort Henry Days celebration is held at Oglebay Park near Wheeling, WV every Labor Day weekend. The original Fort Henry, built in June 1774, was not erected by any specific plan or design, but was one of a number of similar forts built to protect settlers on the frontier in the middle years of […] ...

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D-Day Reenactment, Conneaut Ohio 2019

Posted September 12, 2019 - No Comments
D-Day Reenactment, Conneaut Ohio 2019

D-Day Reenactment 2019 We have been less active this summer due to my wife having her arm broken when our new neighbor’s large dog attacked her. She was finally up to making it out to an event in August albeit with her arm in a sling. So, we journeyed up to Ohio for the reenactment […] ...

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School of the Longhunter

Posted June 12, 2019 - No Comments
School of the Longhunter

   The 25th Annual School of the Longhunter was held at Pricketts Fort, 88 State Park Road,  Fairmont, WV 26554  As usual, the speakers were excellent and the event was worthy of it’s anniversary status. ...


June Events

Posted May 27, 2019 - No Comments

June 2019 18th Century – June 1&2, “for the Defence of this Province”: Artillery and Musketry. Fort Frederick, MD. WWII – June 7-8-9,  Reading Air Show,  Reading Airport, Reading, PA. Civil War – June 8-9, Old Bedford Village, Bedford, ...

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A Quick Overview of 2018

Posted January 30, 2019 - No Comments
A Quick Overview of 2018

Here is a quick overview of events that we didn’t cover in individual articles. April 6-8. School of the Longhunter – Prickett’s Fort, near Fairmont, WV. This is a very informative seminar on life on the frontier in the 18th Century. Subjects can vary from an enlightening discussion on the life of Simon Girty to […] ...

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This Year’s Coming Events

Posted January 8, 2019 - No Comments

Here is what we have so far: January 2019 WWI – Jan 11-13, 2019: “The Calm Before the Storm”(Hosted by FR 90 (German). Time period: Winter 1917-18. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. ...

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Fort Henry Days 2018

Posted November 11, 2018 - No Comments
Fort Henry Days 2018

On Sunday, September 2, we took part the reenactment of the 1777 siege of Fort Henry by Native American allies of the British. Scenarios alternated through the weekend as the Saturday battle featured the 1792 attack by natives as well as British regulars and Loyalists. Sunday’s battle reenacted the 1777 event, in which the attackers […...


Brownsville Steam Show 2018

Posted October 11, 2018 - No Comments
Brownsville Steam Show 2018

On the weekend August 11-12, 2018, we and other members of the 28th Infantry, Co. K (reenacted) , set up a WWII living history camp at the National Pike Steam,Gas and Horse Association show at the Association’s property off Rt. 40 outside of Brownsville, PA. ...

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Remagen Event 2018

Posted September 11, 2018 - No Comments
Remagen Event 2018

On the weekend f August 4-5, we took part in the WWII reenactment of the taking of the Ludendorff Bridge, recalled in Ken Hechler’s book, “The Bridge at Remagen,” which was in early March 1945. It was one of two remaining bridges across the river Rhine in Germany when it was captured during the Battle of Remagen by United States Army ...

News, WWII

GAP 2018

Posted March 15, 2018 - No Comments
GAP 2018

This year the Battle of the Bulge Reenactment at Fort Indiantown Gap was held a week later than usual – from January 31 to February 4th. The weather for the event was predictably cold, but there was no snow to speak of. We spent most of our time portraying German volunteers and Volkssturm in charge […] ...

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Recap of (Most) of 2017

Posted January 15, 2018 - No Comments
Recap of (Most) of 2017

This past year has been an interesting one to say the least. Here is a recap of what we have done since April. We attended the Lantern tour at the Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton which contains 2100 internments, including 1252 Civil War soldiers. I delivered General Black Jack Logan’s address of May 5, 1868 to […] ...

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Initial 2018 Calendar of events

Posted January 8, 2018 - No Comments

Here is what we have so far for the coming year through April. January 2018 WWI – Jan 12-14, 2018: “Bathelémont: Baptism of Fire”(Hosted by FR 90 (German) and the 18th RI (French)). Time period: November 1917. Event held at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site, Newville, PA. WWII R...



Posted December 16, 2017 - No Comments

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Addition to Events Calendar

Posted October 16, 2017 - 2 Comments

Here is a last minute addition to the events calendar that I just got around to adding. Sounds interesting. 18th Century – October 28-29, 18th Century Scottish festival. Campbellton Landing, Fayetteville, NC. ...

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Fort Frederick Market Fair 2017

Posted September 25, 2017 - No Comments
Fort Frederick Market Fair 2017

One of my favorite events is the Fort Frederick Market Fair. This event held annually at Fort Frederick State Park. This is a Maryland state park surrounding the restored Fort Frederick, a star fort active in the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. The market fair is a combination reenactor’s shopping mall […] ...

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School of the Longhunter 2017

Posted September 11, 2017 - No Comments
School of the Longhunter 2017

April brings showers and on April 6-8 of this year, it also brought the School of the Longhunter which takes place at Prickett’s Fort near Fairmont, WV on an annual basis. This encampment/symposium is an interesting and informative event with a lot to offer for the Colonial era reenactor/living historian. This year’s presentations inclu...

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GAP – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

Posted March 26, 2017 - No Comments
GAP - Battle of the Bulge Reenactment 2017

  This annual reenactment/living history event was held from January 25 through the 28th at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. As usual, it was a great opportunity to see some outstanding impressions, visit with old friends and shop at the many vendors who came to sell their wares at the event. As usual, we assisted at […] ...

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2016 – A Retrospective

Posted January 31, 2017 - No Comments
2016 - A Retrospective

  This is a month late, but better late than never. The following is a quick summary of events we attended last year: Our first event of the year was at Fort Indiantown Gap for the annual Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, sponsored by the WWII Historical Association. We take part in the Axis hospital […] ...

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Events – January – May 2017

Posted January 4, 2017 - No Comments

  Below are the events on which we currently have information. More to follow. January 2017 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 25- 29. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2017 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 18,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the weather as usua...

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75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted December 7, 2016 - No Comments
75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona during the attack* Today is the 75th Anniversary of the “Day of Infamy,” as President Roosevelt described it. During a period in which our country and it’s history are beset with enemies from without and within, it is important those Americans who lost their lives in this attack and the brave response […] ...

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Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

Posted October 22, 2016 - 1 Comment
Reading Airshow June 2-5, 2016

     This year’s Reading event was blessed with reasonably good weather for the first couple of days. The third was another story – more on that later. The 193rd was again out in the farthest reaches of the airport grounds, with a US group largely hiding us from view, but we still got a good […] ...

Civil War

Grafton Lantern Tour 2016

Posted August 4, 2016 - No Comments

The Grafton Lantern Tour is a memorial to the hundreds of Civil War soldiers buried in the Grafton National Cemetery located in Grafton, Taylor County, W.Va. This cemetery  is a particularly appropriate location for such a memorial. “In 1867, Maj. R. C. Bates was ordered by the War Department to locate a permanent burial site […] ...

18th Century

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2016

Posted July 16, 2016 - No Comments

Fort Frederick State Park is a Maryland State Park surrounding the restored Fort Frederick, a star fort active in the French and Indian War  (1754–1763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783). The fort served as a refuge for settlers and was originally garrisoned by the 60th Regiment of foot and local militia. It was never directly […] ...

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Memorial Day

Posted May 30, 2016 - No Comments

There are numerous stories and legends about the origin of Memorial Day that have grown up over the last 150-odd years. From the freedmen of Charleston, SC, who cleaned up and landscaped the burial grounds of 257 Union prisoners of war buried at the Hampton Park Race course and then held a memorial service for […] ...

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School of the Longhunter 2016

Posted April 28, 2016 - No Comments

Prickett’s Fort, near Fairmont, WV,  held its annual School of the Longhunter once again this year and as usual, it was an excellent event. According to the official website, “Pricketts Fort, constructed in 1774, provided a place of refuge from American Indian attack for early settlers. It was built at the confluence of Pricketts Creek...

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Fort Indiantown Gap 2016

Posted March 21, 2016 - 1 Comment

This year, The Battle of the Bulge Reenactment was held from January 27-31. On the way up on Friday, we had a harrowing drive through a white-out in western Maryland and, having been in one fender-bender already this winter, the thought of turning around and going home did cross my mind. But we toughed it […] ...

Calendar, Events, News, Upcoming Events

2016 Events

Posted January 17, 2016 - No Comments

The following is starter calendar for the 2016 Reenacting season. More to follow. January 2016 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – 31. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2016 WWII – Elbe River Event, February 27,  Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. regardless of the we...

18th Century, News

School of the Longhunter 2015

Posted June 9, 2015 - No Comments

The School of the Longhunter, held at Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV, is a two-day seminar which takes in a variety of subjects relevant to anyone who participates in 18th Century living history or even just has an interest in that time period. This year, the event was held on April 9th and 10th […] ...

Civil War, News

Grafton Lantern Tour

Posted May 21, 2015 - No Comments

  Grafton, West Virginia – Grafton National Cemetery Lantern Tour On Friday evening, May 22, at 8:30 p.m. There will again be a living history tour of the Grafton National Cemetery.  Tour leader Mark Tennant will lead the tour of Civil War graves in the cemetery. Mark and reenactor assistants dressed in Civil War period […] ...

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FIG 2015

Posted February 18, 2015 - No Comments

Occuring as usual during the last week of January,  this year’s FIG event was a particularly cold one. Once again, Linda and I joined the folks at the German hospital to assist with the living history.  I am not sure what the standing temperatures were for the weekend, but the wind chill was impressive.  To […] ...

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Upcoming 2015 Events – January through April

Posted January 19, 2015 - No Comments

The following is what I have so far for our general region. Some events have not yet released their 2015 event information. Check back for updates and additions. January 2015 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – February 1. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: February 2015 Civil War – Febr...

News, WWII

Old Bedford Village 2014

Posted December 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

This year the annual battle between Grossdeutschland and their invited units and the 193rd Rifle Division,  their comrades the 9th Guards and other gallant Red Army units, took place on the weekend of November 7-9, 2014. This year, the scenario involved the Red Army’s advance into Poland. As has been the case for the last […] ...


Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2014 - No Comments

  A sincere thanks to all veterans out there!       ...

Civil War

Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment

Posted October 30, 2014 - No Comments

  The 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek took place on the weekend of Octorber 17-19, 2014.I had not attended this event for some time and was looking forward to going back. It also promised to be the largest Civil War reenactment that Linda had experienced. We went down Thursday in order […] ...

Civil War

Chief Logan Civil War Reenactment 2014

Posted October 1, 2014 - 1 Comment

News Flash! The following is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan from the field in the Southern Mountains:   Federal Battalion wiped out!   A Federal Battalion led by Captain Steve Allen was wiped out to a man at Chief Logan State Park on Saturday September 27, 2014. The Federal objective was to capture […] ...

Old Bedford Village, Old West

Old West Weekend, Old Bedford Village, 2014

Posted September 22, 2014 - No Comments

OBV’s Old West Weekend is always a real hoot and this year, Linda and I got to take my granddaughters to share in the fun. We made this a day trip, so I can’t address the whole weekend, but there was a lot going on while we were there. Starting off on Saturday morning, we […] ...