Augusta’s Old Fort Western will host a Revolutionary War encampment with the James Howard Company from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Ruben Colburn House.

The company will be engaged in Revolutionary War activities related to Benedict Arnold’s 1775 march to Quebec, providing an 18th-century experience using sights, sounds and smells of the period, according to a press release from Old Fort Western. Throughout the weekend, re-enactors in 18th-century dress will perform encampment activities such as cutting and splitting wood, attending pit fires for cooking, executing drills and cleaning muskets.

A re-enactment of Arnold’s arrival at Colburn House in — just like Arnold’s company did in 1775 — is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Re-enactors depicting Colburn and his family will host a meal for the officers. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a historic tableau commemorating the meeting of Sabbatus, the Indian who accompanied Arnold and his crew, Aaron Burr and a young Indian woman is scheduled.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. an ongoing 18th-century open hearth cooking demonstration will be held in the kitchen of the Colburn House. Sandy Tarbox, head of Foodways Culinarian at Colonial Table, N.H., will demonstrate how to bake in a beehive oven and cook on the large hearth.

For more information, visit the fort’s website at oldfortwestern.org, follow on Facebook, call 626-2385 or e-mail [email protected].


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