Cooksburg, PA – This weekend at Cook Forest State Park, come see what life was like during the French and Indian War!

The two-day encampment includes children’s programs, cannon and musket firing demonstrations, live tactical engagements for re-enactors, visits from nationally renowned living historians, and hands-on projects that will transport you back to the 18th century.

Dale Lutheringer from Cook Forest State Park says, although this weekend is all focused on the French and Indian War, you’re welcome to visit anytime of the year to reconnect with nature.

Most of the activities during the French and Indian War Encampment at Cook Forest State Park are free, but you might want to bring cash with you for anything extra you’d like to get.

Entrance is always free to all state parks in Pennsylvania, but there is a charge to reserve a camping spot if you want to camp overnight.

Learn more about the weekend and other activities at the Cook Forest State Park website or the Cook Forest Vacation Bureau website.

For GPS purposes, the entrance to Cook Forest State Park is at 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217.

 

Saturday, June 8

1000am-600pm    Event Open

1000am-1100am  Murph’s Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray:  story-teller, blacksmith & Clarion County’s #1 liar, across from Sawmill Craft Market

1000am-1200pm Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

1000am-400pm    Cooking Demonstration – by Geoffrey Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf chef, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

1030pm-500pm   French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators – meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the Old Sawmill Classroom

1100am-1130am  Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1130am-1200pm Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along the abandoned access road at the edge of the field beside the park swimming pool.

1200pm-300pm   18th Century Surgical Techniques – by Dave Crispen, 42nd Highland Regiment surgeon’s mate, at the NEW Sawmill Classroom

100pm-200pm     ‘American’s 1st World War: Causes of the French & Indian War as Told Through the Eyes of Benjamin Franklin’  by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking (free, but donations towards the event will be accepted)

200pm-300pm     18th Century Children’s Games – by Jen Domowicz, Compagnie LeBoeuf, along Black Bear Trail at the main encampment site

230-500pm – Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking in the Old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

300pm-500pm     Murph’s Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray:  story-teller, blacksmith & Clarion County’s #1 liar, across from Sawmill Craft Market

330pm-400pm     Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration — by the camp Corps of  Artillery, located in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

400pm-430pm     Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

 

 

Sunday, June 9

 

900am-400pm      Event Open

900am-915am        18th Century Sunday Service –     by the 42nd Highland Regiment, located in the main encampment site along Black Bear Trail

930am-1100am   Murph’s Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray: story-teller, blacksmith & Clarion County’s #1 liar, across from Sawmill Craft Market

1015am-1045am  Children’s Musket Drill – by camp Corps of Re-enactors, at the water tower along Black Bear Trail

1100am-200pm    Powderhorn & Turkey Wingbone Call Fabrication – by Paul Stillman, living historian from Historically Speaking, in the old Sawmill Classroom ($15 for materials)

1100am-200pm    French & Indian War Era Art & Demonstrators  meet with distinguished artists, authors, artisans, and demonstrators in the old Sawmill Classroom

1100am-1130am Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

1130am-1200pm Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along the abandoned access road at the edge of the field beside the park swimming pool.

1230pm-200pm      18th Century Surgical Techniques by Dave Crispen, 42nd Highland Regiment surgeon’s mate, at the NEW Sawmill  Classroom

1230pm-200pm   Murph’s Blacksmithing Demonstration – by Dennis Murray: story-teller, blacksmith & Clarion County’s #1 liar, across from Sawmill Craft Market

200pm-230pm     Cannon & Musket Firing Demonstration – by the camp Corps of Artillery, in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom

230pm-300pm     Peril in the Forest – tactical engagement in the woods along Black Bear Trail across from the old Sawmill Classroom