Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, will host a Revolutionary War encampment Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several units from New England will attend. Fifty dedicated re-enactors will pitch their tents, chop wood, light campfires, and load and shoot muskets just as their ancestors did in a typical military camp of the late 1700s.

Visitors entering the camp will discover many authentic details of 18th century life. The men, in full military uniform, perform musket and marching drills, always alert to a possible British attack. Their children in period dress go about their assigned chores and play 18th century games. The women are busy about the campfires, peeling vegetables, stirring a savory stew, sewing, weaving, quilting and making candles for the night to come. The women try to give the military camp a more homelike atmosphere.

Admission to the encampment is free. Montpelier will also be open throughout both days for guided tours running continuously from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its regular fees of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children between the ages of 5 to 14. Children under 5 are admitted at no charge. The family rate is $18. Special arrangements may be made in advance for large groups or school tours throughout the year. For more information visit knoxmuseum.org or call Susan Edmands at 354-8062. The museum is located five miles south of Rockland on routes 1 and 131 in Thomaston.

Montpelier was the summer home of Lucy Knox and her husband, Henry, a Revolutionary War patriot and hero. He was head of artillery and Gen. George Washington’s right-hand man throughout the war. Later, President Washington appointed Knox the new nation’s first Secretary of War. He served in that position through both administrations, retiring to Thomaston in 1795.