Troops at Camden Living History Camp to end the season in Rockport – Knox County Village
ROCKPORT – The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will welcome troops to Camden for its last 18th century living history camp of the season on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the grounds surrounding the Historical Society’s Conway Farm. This free, family-friendly event offers the public the opportunity to learn more about life in Midcoast Maine during the Revolutionary War era.
Special guest, local archaeologist Harbor Mitchell, will be on-site from 10 a.m. to noon, with examples of artifacts that were found in excavations at the farm and the nearby Merryspring Nature Center. Essential to the interpretation of the site’s history, Mitchell’s archaeological projects have provided evidence suggesting a military garrison at the site in the late 18th century.
From 10 am to noon, Charles H. Lagerbom, an expert on Maine’s colonial and maritime history, will be signing and selling copies of his new book, “Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage”. Lagerbom will also have copies of his book “Whaling in Maine”, which was published in 2020. Lagerbom has frequently contributed to the Journal of the American Revolution and has organized underwater video surveys of the remains of ships from the Penobscot expedition. 1779. Lagerbom publishes a weekly column, Half Seas Over: Interesting Research Related to Maritime Maine, for the Camden Herald.
The troops in Camden will provide presentations and participatory activities throughout the day. Families can try out 18th century games; find out about soldiers’ clothing and supplies; watch military drills and musket fire, and watch traditional craft demonstrations.
The entrance to the farm is located on Route 1, adjacent to Hannaford in Rockport. Wearing a mask will be mandatory in indoor spaces and is recommended outdoors in overcrowded areas.
For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at [email protected], and follow Camden-Rockport Historical Society and the Troops at Camden on Facebook.