Encampment begins tomorrow in Wolfeboro


Re-enactors portray French and Indian War soldiers on Brewster Field



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VISITORS to the encampment (seen here at last year’s event) can ask questions and watch the re-enactors doing daily tasks in camp. Several musket and cannon firings are also planned and the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market will set up shop at the side of Brewster Field on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
July 14, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The second annual French and Indian War Encampment opens tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Brewster Memorial Field in Wolfeboro.

Co-sponsored by the Wolfeboro Historical Society and the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department, the encampment is a living reminder of the times that led to the founding and the naming of Wolfeboro. The 36 square miles of the original town were laid out by the 24 proprietors in 1759 and named for General James Wolfe, the British general who led his forces to victory against the French at Quebec City and thus turned the tide of the war in England's favor.

French and Indian War re-enactors are expected from three states – New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. They set up an 18th-century camp where they prepare meals over campfires, make useful items and repair basic equipment, drill and practice musketry and cannon firing. Each re-enactor plays a specific historical figure and wears historically accurate clothing. Each may be approached to ask questions about camp and personal life. Re-enactors also demonstrate tools and weapons.

There will be a separate small encampment area at Brewster Beach where fighting boats or bateaux will be launched to simulate a lake battle on Friday afternoon.

There will also be a "suttler" or two at the main encampment. Suttlers followed armies and sold goods. Such material will also be available for sale to visitors.

In addition, the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market will hold a special market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the edge of the encampment field. Local produce, meats, and homemade jams, maple syrup, breads and other treats will also be available for sale from area farmers.

A schedule of events, including musket and cannon firings, will be available by mid-morning on Friday.

There is no charge for visiting the encampment site on Brewster Field but donations to support the encampment in future years will be accepted at marked receptacles.

The organizers expect a larger turnout this year than last. Their hope is to establish an annual event in Wolfeboro that will draw re-enactors for all over the Northeast each summer.

If you hear a loud boom on Friday or Saturday, please come over to the field and visit the encampment.

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