ROCKPORT — Camden-Rockport Historical Society will host the Troops at Camden for its final 18th century living history encampment of the season Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the grounds surrounding the Historical Society’s Conway Homestead. This free, family-friendly event offers the public an opportunity to learn about life in Midcoast Maine during the Revolutionary War period.

Special guest, local archeologist Harbour Mitchell, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon, with examples of artifacts that were found in digs at the homestead and nearby Merryspring Nature Center. Crucial to the interpretation of the site’s history, Mitchell’s archeology projects have provided evidence suggesting a military garrison on the site in the late 18th century.

Also, from 10 a.m. to noon, Charles H. Lagerbom, an expert on Maine’s colonial and maritime history, will be signing and selling copies of his new book, “Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage.” Lagerbom will also have copies of his book “Whaling in Maine,” which was published in 2020. Lagerbom has been a frequent contributor to the Journal of the American Revolution and has organized underwater video surveys of ship remains from the Penobscot Expedition of 1779. Lagerbom publishes a weekly column, Half Seas Over: Interesting Research Related to Maritime Maine, for the Camden Herald.

The Troops at Camden will be providing presentations and participatory activities throughout the day. Families can try out 18th century games; learn about the clothing and supplies of soldiers; observe military drills and musket firing and watch traditional craft demonstrations.

Courtesy of The Troops at Camden

 

The homestead entrance is located on Route 1, adjacent to Hannaford in Rockport. Mask-wearing will be required in indoor spaces and is recommended outdoors in crowded areas.

For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at CRHSME@myfairpoint.net, and follow Camden-Rockport Historical Society and the Troops at Camden on Facebook.