Fort Phoenix Encampments

At the suggestion of Fairhaven Village Militia member Ellsworth “Ellie” Sylvaria Jr., in September 2003 an overnight historical encampment was held on the 225th anniversary of the British raid on Fort Phoenix. The event, co-sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism, was the first time in twenty years that period reenactors set up camp at the fort. The highlight encampment was the firing of the fort’s 24-pound cannons at sunset. The success of the weekend led to it becoming an annual event. After several years a second yearly encampment was added in May.

Em&AlexVisitors to these events are be able to see authentically dressed men, women, and children living in a Revolutionary War era camp, military drilling, campfire cooking, and musket and cannon firing demonstrations. They can learn about 18th Century medical and dentistry practices, spinning wool, tin smithing, and other colonial practices. They may also try their hand at tomahawk throwing and a variety of children’s games.

John Tin SmithMemorial Day Weekend
Encampment 2016
Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29

Public Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to sunset and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cannon Firing Saturday at dusk, (approx. 7:45 p.m.)

September Historical
Encampment 2016
Saturday September 24
to Sunday, September 25

Public Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to sunset and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cannon Firing Saturday at dusk, (approx. 6:30 p.m.)

 

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You can learn more about the Fairhaven Village Militia here: MILITIA WEBSITE

Click the links below for further information.

John Paul Jones Cannon

“1812” Field Artillery

24-Pound Seacoast Cannons

Historical Encampments

Tours and Field Trips

Fort Phoenix History

Fort Phoenix State Beach Website (Mass. DCR)

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