Living & Entertainment

Experience life in 1850s at Fort Nisqually encampment

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.

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 or 253-591-5339.