Encampment 2012 Scheduled July 28
Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 14th Annual Encampment scheduled July 28-29 on the English Camp parade ground.
The event is free except where noted. Disabled persons should call the park at (360) 378-2902 or (360) 378-2240 for special access information.
Highlight of this year's event include recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of black powder firing, music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing and cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue.
Saturday's schedule will culminate in the Candlelight Ball, scheduled at 8 p.m., in the English Camp barracks. The public is invited to join in the dancing and refreshments that will include the traditional cake and punch. Music for contra dancing will be provided by the folk group Sugar on the Floor.
Bookmark this page for periodic updates. A complete schedule will be released June 1.
As with every year, Encampment 2012 commemorates the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by British and American forces from 1859 to 1872, and final settlement of the Northwest Boundary dispute.
Throughout the joint occupation the garrisons exchanged visits to celebrate holidays that included Christmas, the Fourth of July and Queen Victoria's birthday. Typically the men would participate in athletic contests, imbibe in spirits and other refreshments and usually host a dance to which the community was invited.
Last updated: April 24, 2013