1822-era Camp at Willshire

Last Saturday, as part of Willshire’s Bicentennial celebration, they replicated an 1822-era encampment on the banks of the St. Marys River, behind Willshire’s Legion. We enjoyed talking with and learning from the reenactors and demonstrators. If you missed or could not attend the event, here are some photos from the camp.

Camp along the St. Marys River.

The cannon was fired several times during the day.

A weaving demonstration.

Furs, including a buffalo hide, used as a blanket.

Surveying items used during that time period.

Captain James Riley.

Three Rivers Tinsmith.

Baskets, fruit butters, deer antler buttons, and other items.


A wooden shoe demonstration.

Note the St. Marys River in the background.

I was pleased to learn that the flagpole came from our woods, a couple miles from Willshire.

Thank you to all involved in providing this enjoyable and informative event.


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    • Mary Ann Olding on June 3, 2022 at 7:36 am
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    Thanks, Karen. It looks like it was an informative event. Your coverage was well done.

    1. Thank you! It was another very good event sponsored by Willshire’s Bicentennial Committee.

    • Sondra Samples on June 3, 2022 at 10:44 am
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    Thanks for the pictorial coverage of the 1822 encampment. Isn’t it wonderful that we can document events with pictures so easily now with our phones? I have only ever seen one photograph of the renowned Capt. James Riley, and it has been used over and over again in all historical accounts of his life. The encampment by the river was a superb addition to Willshire’s ongoing bicentennial celebration.

    1. You are welcome. Yes, it was another interesting and fun Bicentennial event. A big thank you to the committee.

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