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Frontier Militia Muster @ Smeck Park

June 10, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1777, while General George Washington’s young army faced off against the British in the east, much of the protection of the western frontier was left to local county militia units. The defense of families who lived in the panhandle of Western Virginia along the Ohio River fell to the brave men of the Ohio County Militia. Far from professional soldiers, the members of the militia, in addition to carving out their existence in a near wilderness, would “muster” regularly to share news, train in military tactics, socialize, and generally patrol the frontier areas in which they lived.

Captain Joseph Ogle’s Company, Ohio County (Virginia) Militia

The recreated Captain Joseph Ogle’s Company, Ohio County (Virginia) Militia invites you to meet their members to discuss the lives of those intrepid souls who took it upon themselves to defend lives, homes and property. Experience what an average day was like and activities that filled their time, what foods they ate, and how they passed any down time.

Schedule of Activities
(subject to change depending on weather conditions)

Day 1 – Saturday, June 10
Basic Drill and Weapons Demonstrations – 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00
Militia Life, Cooking Demonstrations, Discussion – throughout the day

Day 2 – Sunday, June 11
Basic Drill and Weapons Demonstrations – 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00
Militia Life, Cooking Demonstrations, Discussion – throughout the day

Typically, demonstrations take 15-20 minutes. The balance of time will be spent discussing cooking, rations and diet, care and maintenance of weapons, what a militia member would carry, casting lead balls, sewing and clothing repair, and other activities related to a colonial militia. Visitors’ questions are encouraged and welcome!

Venue

Smeck Park
7395 Basil Road
Baltimore, OH 43105 United States
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