Garrett County Agricultural Fair —
(tentative dates) July 27 – Aug 3, 2019
Autumn Glory Festival —
October 9-13, 2019
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French & Indian War Reenactment
May 11 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
One event on May 12, 2019 at 11:00 am
Braddock’s Road at Little Crossings
Saturday 11 May-Sunday 12 May 2019
Saturday, 11 May:
10:00 Camps open
10:30 Musket firing demonstration – French camp
11:30-12:00 Eastern woodland Native customs and culture – Native Camp
1:00-1:30 Three rounds a Minute…” Loading and firing sequence competition between the French forces teams – Creek bank next to French camp
2:00-2:30 Uniforms and armaments. French forces on campaign – French Camp
3:30-3:45 Musket firing demonstration
6:00 Camps close to public
Sunday, 13 May:
11:00 Camps Open
11:00-2:00 Surveying in the 18th c. Ongoing- French camp
12:00 Uniforms and armaments – Nouveau France raiding party – French Camp
12:30 Musket firing demonstration – French Camp
1:00-1:30 Eastern woodland Native customs and Culture – Native Camp
2:00-2:30 Volley firing or fire by individual? A demonstration
3:30 Camps close to Public
Please feel free to walk about the camps throughout the day, talk to the reenactors, and definitely ask questions. Please follow the direction of safety officers during firing events
Over the weekend of May 11, the fourth annual Grantsville National Road Festival will host a town-wide yard sale and a French & Indian War Encampment.
Re-enactors will enact mock skirmishes and military demonstrations, as well as offering a glimpse into Colonial life. While troops didn’t camp at this exact site, it is just downstream from where General Braddock forded the river on his expedition to Fort Duquesne in the summer of 1755. Among the troops was a 23 year old George Washington, a volunteer aide-de-camp for Braddock’s army. The 2019 Encampment at Little Crossings will host approximately twenty reenactors from throughout the region portraying French, English, and Native troops.
The Historic National Road in Garrett County, Maryland is home to five of the original Braddock camps, well preserved by their rural location despite being very accessible by Interstate 68. Grantsville is located 90 miles southwest of Pittsburgh and 175 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. The popular tourist destination is home to The Cornucopia Café, Grant’s Mercantile and Little Crossings Pantry boutiques, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, and Penn Alps and The Casselman Inn. The latter two were original taverns along the National Road dating to the early 19 th century. The encampment is held adjacent to the National Road’s landmark Casselman Bridge, built in 1813, and now home to Maryland’s smallest state park.
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