Building Macdonough's Fleet: 19th Century Reenactment
August 17-18, 2013
History comes alive for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 as costumed re-enactors in traditional boats at the Maritime Museum's North Harbor recreate the skills and setting used by Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough in the 1814 construction of the fleet at Vergennes, Vermont.
American success in the War of 1812 included gaining control of Lake Champlain, under the leadership of naval Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough.
This weekend at LCMM, reenactors will demonstrate the skills of shipbuilding. Visit replica vessels at North Harbor, talk to sailors, shipwrights,
blacksmiths, and see nineteenth century military drill and
Demonstrations and exhibits will be held on the Museum grounds Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4 and are included with Museum admission.
All activities will occur on the Museum grounds and waterfront. Participation included with daily Museum admission or annual museum membership.
- Blacksmithing, Glass and Wood Working, and Ropemaking Demonstrations
- 19th Century camp life including open fire cooking
- Visit the Fleet in North Harbor and become part of the crew of a 19th Century warship!
- A special exhibit in LCMM's Nautical Archaeology Center features artifacts recovered from several War of 1812 shipwrecks in Lake Champlain and from the underwater site of the Battle of Plattsburgh