Cook Forest State Park will host a series of living history events depicting life during the French & Indian War.

Highlights of this full two-day encampment sponsored by the Sawmill Center for the Arts include woodland natives, cannon and musket firing, cooking, primitive skills, 18th century surgical techniques, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, pottery, children’s games, sutler camp, renown living historians, French & Indian War Era artisans, and live tactical engagements. Every battle is different!

Take a walk back in time along the Black Bear Trail by the Sawmill Center for the Arts during open camp hours to view British, Colonial, French, and Native American re-enactors as they portray lifestyles of the 18th century.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH

10:00am – 6:00pm
Event Open

10:00am – 11:00am
Blacksmithing Demonstration
By Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from Sawmill Craft Market

10:00am – 11:00am
Sinew Processing
By Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom ($10 for materials)

10:00am – 4:00pm
Cooking Demonstration
By Geoffrey Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf chef, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

10:30pm – 5:00pm
French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators
Meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the Old Sawmill Classroom

11:00am – 11:30am
Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration
By the camp Corps of Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

11:30am – 12:00pm
Peril in the Forest
Tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

12:00pm – 3:00pm
18th Century Surgical Techniques
By Jack Mathay Compagnie LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Conrad Weiser: In the Steps of a Peacekeeper
By Richard Pawling, renowned living historian from History Alive!, at the Sawmill Theater (free, but donations towards the event will be accepted)

2:00pm – 3:00pm
18th Century Children’s Games
By Jen Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

2:00pm – 3:00pm
18th Century Parasols, A Decorating Workshop
By Bonnie Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom ($15)

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Blacksmithing Demonstration
By Dennis Murray story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

3:00pm – 6:00pm
Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication
By Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the Old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration
By the camp Corps of Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Peril in the Forest
Tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

7:00pm – 800pm
‘1737
Going to Onondaga on the Path of Peace’ by Richard Pawling, renowned living historian from History Alive! at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom (free, but donations towards the event will be accepted)

 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH

9:00am – 4:00pm
Event Open

9:00am – 9:15am
18th Century Sunday Service
By the 42nd Highland Regiment, located in the main encampment site along Black Bear Trail

9:30am – 11:00am
Blacksmithing Demonstration
By Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

10:15am – 10:45am
Children’s Musket Drill
By camp Corps of Re-enactors, at the water tower along Black Bear Trail

11:00am – 2:00pm
Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication
By Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, in the old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

11:00am – 2:00pm
French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators
Meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the old Sawmill Classroom

11:00am – 11:30am
Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration
By the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

11:30am – 12:00pm
Peril in the Forest
Tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

12:30pm – 2:00pm
18th Century Surgical Techniques
By Jack Mathay, Company LeBeouf surgeon, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Blacksmithing Demonstration
By Dennis Murray, story-teller (Clarion County’s #1 liar) and blacksmith, across from the Sawmill Craft Market

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration
By the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Peril in the Forest
Tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom