Longwoods Heritage Weekend

“Listen, Watch, Taste, Smell - Experience Life of 1812!”

Longwoods Heritage Weekend May 4-5

Experience history being brought back to life as the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society ‘Royal Scots’ present the 29th Annual Longwoods Heritage Days on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019. Step back in time to 1814 as British troops attack American invaders. Hear the crack of the musket and the roar of the cannon. Come and experience life in the early 19th century. See the colourful clothing, and smell the food prepared over open fires. Let us entertain your family for the day. General Admisson $10.00, Elementary School Students FREE! (12 and under) Members of the military and cadets in uniform receive free admission.

Saturday Schedule:

10:00 Gates Open to Public
10:45 Mistress Mason’s Nature Tour (Resource Centre) Take a walk through the forest as you experience the native plants and their uses. Learn about the Cunning/medicine women of 200 years ago. Depending on what’s growing you may even get a snack!
11:00 Battalion Drill (Battlefield) British Forces perform their daily drill in preparation for the Battle of The Longwoods
11:00 Historically Speaking Presents “The Surgeon” (Resource Centre) Enjoy a demonstration of 19th Century medicine and surgery hosted by Dr. Mark Dickerson…Try not to faint!
11:30 Camp Tour and Musket Demonstration (British Encampment) British Soldiers take you on a tour of their camp followed by a musket demonstration. Learn about camp life during the War of 1812 as a soldier and a civilian. Feel free to ask questions…We love to talk about our passion…History!
11:30 Hisorically Speaking Presents “Shut Up:” The Story of a Rudimental Drummer (Resource Centre) Gary VanOsch provides insight into the world of rudimental drumming. Be sure to stick around for a lesson after the presentation.
12:00 Native War Council (Ska-Nah-Doht Village) Witness negotiations with the Native War Council by British Commanders to see who they will support in the upcoming battle.
12:30 Battle of Longwoods Film (Resource Centre)Enjoy a film version of the Battle of the Longwoods filmed on location at the actual historical site on the 200th anniversary of the battle.
1:00 Drums Crown Forces Presents “Musical Warriors” (British Camp) Our very own Fife and Drum Corps entertains with a selection of period music.
1:00 Historically Speaking Presents “The 1812 Era Looks Good Visually” (Resource Centre) Artist and re-enactor Kent May discusses his experiences as a painter of scenes that depict the War of 1812.
1:30 The Duel (Birch Grove) Two gentlemen settle a matter of honour by facing off in a duel.
1:30 Hisorically Speaking Presents “Shut Up:” The Story of a Rudimental Drummer (Resource Centre) Gary VanOsch provides insight into the world of rudimental drumming. Be sure to stick around for a lesson after the presentation.
2:00 Artillery Demonstration (Battlefield) Hear the thundering boom as our Artillery Units show off their powerful cannons which often assisted to take the day in battle.
2:30 Battle of The Longwoods (Battlefield) British, Native and American Forces re-enact the “Battle of The Longwoods”.
2:30 Mini Militia (Battlefield) Following the battle, for the youngsters who want to be soldiers, you will be trained in the drill and discipline required of soldier in 1812.
3:30 Hisorically Speaking Presents “Historical Harmonies” (Resource Centre) Enjoy the amazing sounds of Holly Brenneman and Stephanie Vaillant as they entertain you with period songs in their own unique counterpoint style.
4:00 Battle of Longwoods Film (Resource Centre) Enjoy a film version of the Battle of the Longwoods filmed on location at the actual historical site on the 200th anniversary of the battle.
5:00 Gates Close

Stop by our Drop-in Drum Clinic located at the Resource Centre throughout the day!
Get a free drum lesson and learn how to become a Musical Warrior!