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War of 1812 Re-Enactment

After a hiatus of 5 years, the beloved War of 1812 Re-enactment is back!

Join more than 200 soldiers and settlers as they set up camp for the annual War of 1812 Re-enactment from September 6th to 8th, 2024. Battle demonstrations will take place on Saturday & Sunday.

Each year on the weekend following Labour Day, historical re-enactors converge on Backus Heritage Conservation Area for what many people view as the highlight of the year – the War of 1812 Re-enactment. 

A line of re-enactors firing their muskets during the war of 1812 re-enactment event at Backus Heritage Conservation Area.

Activities include:

    • battle re-enactments
    • military and civilian encampments
    • cannon and musket firing demonstrations
    • childrens militia
    • Sutler’s Row vendors
    • historic cooking demonstrations
    • historic presentations
    • weaving and spinning demonstrations from the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild weavers, products will be available for purchase (September 7th & 8th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    • period demonstrations and activities in Backhouse Historic Site
    • tours of the 1798 Backhouse Grist Mill, the mill that didn’t burn during the War of 1812

A line of re-enactors with their muskets in resting position during the 2019 war of 1812 re-enactment event held at Backus Heritage Conservation Area.  A re-enactor holding a musket in resting position in the doorway of the Backus Mill.


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