Visitors to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum on Saturday and Sunday will have the chance to experience what life was like in the 1850s. More than 100 re-enactors will be on hand for the fort’s annual brigade encampment.
The event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
The encampment is meant to portray a visit to the fort by a large group of fur traders in 1855. Visitors can watch the arrival of the fur-trading brigade, and a contest between re-enactors as they take on an “obstacle course” of 19th century skills such as fire starting and trap setting.
Visitors can meet re-enactors at their tents and receive hands-on lessons on skills from that time such as spinning, beading and woodcarving. There also will be a dance, Punch-and-Judy puppet shows, and an 1850s cooking contest, according to a museum news release.
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Visitors can also view the newest exhibit, “Archeology at Fort Nisqually.” The exhibit includes artifacts recovered during excavations at the fort, dating from the 1830s through the 1860s.
Admission is $5-$9, depending on age, with children 4 and younger admitted free.
The fort is located within Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. For information, contact fortnisqually.org or 253-591-5339.