Furtrappers Rendezvous

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/18/19 - 05/19/19
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event Info

Living History on Display

Step back to a simpler time when beaver hides were the unit of currency and waterways were highways. Come visit a fur trapper’s rendezvous encampment, circa 1824 and see the new property acquired by the nature center on top of Mosquito Hill!

On May 18 and 19, the Embarrass River Brigade, a fictitious fur-trapping company of the 1800s, will convene a rendezvous on top of Mosquito Hill. Campers will demonstrate skills of the period dressed in clothing of that day. You may see fire starting with flint and steel, flint knapping to make arrow points, candle making, rope making, calligraphy and yarn spinning. Have a seat by the fire and hear the telling of tall tales. Learn about the difficult life of early American fur trappers and settlers.

Visit the trader’s lodge and barter with Jingles for all your basic needs:  flour, sugar, beans, whiskey, cloth, beads, iron pots and more. Young boys may also be “recruited” by the Brigade to become a trapper, teamster or swamper and enter into an honest occupation.

Visitors are welcome Saturday from 9:00 AM till dusk, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

There is no charge to visit. Friends of Mosquito Hill may provide refreshments and a bite to eat during the weekend. Limited parking is available at the top. Shuttle service will be provided.

Location
Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3880 Rogers Rd, New London, WI

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