Weapons demonstration at Muster on the Natchez Trace.
Visitors were treated to numerous activities reminiscent of the early 1800s, as living history enthusiasts from around the southeast marched in full period uniforms, performed drills and historic weapons demonstrations and interpreted camp life. Other volunteers conducted historic sawyering and engineering demonstrations, displaying the skills necessary to turn the Natchez Trace into road capable of handling the troops destined to march along it. A historic tavern functioned as an early community center, allowing for social and political discussions as well as games and entertainment. Sutlers offered leather and cloth goods, uniforms, and a variety of handmade items for sale. Volunteers reenacting a Chickasaw camp educated visitors on the important role of the United States' American Indian allies during the war effort. No war is without political debates and the War of 1812 was no exception. Volunteer actors entertained and educated as they debated both sides of the young United States' decision to enter into war again with Great Britain. Visitors packed into the "Speaker's Tent" to gain modern insight into the causes and repercussions of the War of 1812.