Calendar

2024 List of Events Tentative

February 24 – 25
Echoes of the Past Trade Show in Oshkosh
Wm. Booth, Draper will only have 2 tables for this show with limited stock. If there’s something you’d like us to bring please email ahead. Echoes of the Past trade show includes merchants & classes for reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians & the general public interested in the mid 1700s to the 1860s. It’s open to the public Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 with a $5.00 door fee for everyone over 10 years of age. Food is available on site and parking is free.

March 9 – 10
New England Colonial Trade Fair
Over 40 vendors providing products from the 17th, 18th & 19th centruy attend this event but this will be the first year Wm. Booth, Draper will be present. It’s open Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-2, it costs $5 at the door to enter.

March 16 – 17
Kalamazoo Living History Trade Show
This is the largest indoor trade show in the Midwest with hundreds of merchants and classes providing goods for pre 1890s reenactors, dealers, educators, related crafts people, historians & the general public.

April 25 – 28
Fort Frederick
This event in Big Pool, Maryland represents eastern North America from 1730 to 1790. At the fair you will see merchants, traders, trades people, street vendors, entertainers, individuals, groups, military units, and American Indians portraying the 1730s up to the early republic.

May 25 – 26
Spirit of Vincennes
In, Vincennes, IN across the street from George Rogers Clark National Monument there’s a large number of trades people working their craft. Local organizations provide food & volunteers have activities for children while entertainment perform at several stages. Two cannon demonstrations take place with military tactical demonstrations directly afterwords. At the same time on Park Service property, there’s a large Revolutionary War encampment. This is a huge event for the area bringing in approximately 1,000 costumed participants. While the Park Service Visitor Center, monument and encampment is free, there’s a small fee to enter the trades area.

June 15 – 16
246th Battle of Monmouth, CT
This is a British Brigade & Continental Line event that tends to be quite large. The amphitheater type battlefield allows for great viewing by the public although there is little shade .

June 21 – 23
Fort Loudoun, PA
This first year market fair has a great line up of merchants attending. There will be food vendors & entertainment as well. A $5 entrance fee for everyone over 17 years of age is charged at the gate.

June 29 – 30
Private Yankee Doodle Weekend
This will be the first time Wm. Booth, Draper will attend this Revolutionary War event named after the narrative written by Joseph Plumb Martin who endured the engagement here. The recreated 4th Connecticut regiment will portray daily life at the fort. Tickets cost $16 or $10 for veterans & students 6-12 62+ costs $12.

July 4 – July 7
Old Fort Niagara, NY
A reenactment of the French & Indian War and Old Fort Niagara’s largest event of the year. If you have never been to Fort Niagara this is worth a visit.

July 22 – 23
Defiance & Independence
Witness the recreation of the 1777 siege of American-held Ticonderoga.  General Burgoyne tightens his hold on Ticonderoga while American soldiers & artillerymen stand defiant in the name of Liberty. Watch the story unravel around you as the roar of muskets & cannons erupt followed by a hurried retreat that salvaged the remains of the American Army.

August 5 – 6
Redcoats & Rebels
Encamped on the Village Common of Old Sturbridge Village hundreds of recreated soldiers & civilians from the American Revolution. Visitors can explore exhibits, galleries & demonstrations & talk with costumed historians about everyday life in early New England, as well as tour the camps, witness recreated skirmishes & battles, see special presentations, chat with guest craftspeople, & enjoy fife & drum music. Old Sturbridge Village will have extended hours until 8:00 giving more time to explore.

August 31 – September 1
The Fair at New Boston, Springfield, OH
A 1790 to 1810 early republic trade fair with lots of good demonstrators & merchants. This is a large event with three working taverns, a coffee house, livestock & great entertainment. This fair is all about working trades & the demonstrations & products available are something to experience.

September 21 – 22
Return to No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend, Charlestown, NH
This is a mid size event with many demonstrations in the recreated station which includes a bake oven & many rooms to explore. There are a fair number of tradespeople selling wares.

October 5 – 6
Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, Lafayette, IN
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon at Fort Ouiatenon is a mid to late 18th century annual fall gathering that has continued for 52 years. There are many shops & food to choose from.

October 11 – 13
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN
Mississinewa 1812 is the largest War of 1812 event in the United States. This event has great entertainment, a lot of food & a large variety of shops.

October 26 possibly 27
Battle of Red Horse Tavern, Sudbury, MA
This one day event takes place at what Longfellow called The Wayside Inn. Although the inn was a meeting place for meetings & a resting place for travelers during the American Revolution, no battle took place here. Nonetheless, a battle is recreated before the soldiers adjourn to sing in the operating tavern.