May 2010 history comes alive in Bath Ontario on the grounds of the Fairfield-Gutzeit House and Centennial Park. Over 100 reenactors will be on hand to take part in this living history event, combining an education day with public events. It all comes to a climax on Saturday night with a gunboat battle at dusk on the Bath Basin at Centennial Park.

Friday May 28, 2010 - Education Day:

  • education day, with activities geared to the Ontario curriculum
  • open to local schools
  • period surgeon Greg Baran gives overview of life and challenges of surgeon during War of 1812
  • Ryan McGraw of Canadian Fencibles conducts mustering & drilling of new recruits
  • Drum Major Mike Putnum with members of Loyalist Fife & Drum explain role of fife and drum for communication during the war
  • Cpt. Jost Herkimer (aka Brandt Zatterberg) on the role of the Batteau
  • Ken Taylor & David Smith on uniforms of the British Army from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, as well as, weapons, tactics and life of common soldier

Saturday May 29, 2010 - Public Events:

  • 1812 encampment on the grounds of the 1796 Fairfield Gutzeit House, open to the public 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. Bateux race at the basin for Herkimer cup
  • 2 p.m. attack on the village of Ernesttown (Bath) at the basin at Centennial Park
  • Dusk, tactical gunboat engagement on the Bath Basin at Centennial Park, British Gunboats repulse American invaders

Thanks to everybody who made Gunboat Weekend 2010 such a success!

Click here for pictures from the weekend. For another photo gallery please visit this site.