Sutler Cyrus is pleased to present this handy list of links to interesting places to visit. I’ve been to some, in person, and I guarantee you will enjoy the visit.
Most of the events will not be seen in the usual re-enactor journals, but all look very interesting. If you have the chance, give these sites your support. As you can see, they have gone to a great deal of effort to provide informative and entertaining programs for their communities and the traveling public, in general. Most of them have gift shops, the bread and butter of any site, stocked with unique period themed merchandise, so you can pick up an unusual souvenir reflective of the past and help them keep doing what they do – keep your history alive!
Thanks for your support of North America’s historical sites and museums.
Jeff Wakefield (Sutler Cyrus)
(The Battle of New Orleans and more!)
(Arrr! Be a seafarin’ man – this looks like a lot of fun!)
(River Raisin National Battlefield Park)
(This is one of the most unusual museums you could hope to visit, so you should)
(This site has a nice video on it. Worth the watch.)
(Historic Cold Springs Village)
(This is a brand new site! Very nice.)
(Port O’ Plymouth Museum)
www.halefarm.org and www.wrhs.org
(note: same organization, different sites)
(Close to down-town Niagara-on-the-Lake, itself not to be missed)
(Niagara Parks Commission — Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for program details!)
(The Museum of Civilization is actually located in “The National Capital Region”, Gatineau, Quebec)
(In business since 1809 as a general store. This looks like something really different.)
(This is one of our original Cartridge Candy hotbeds!)
(note: I am including a description of this event that was sent to me by the site, because I was thoroughly thrilled reading accounts of the Fetterman Massacre and the Wagon Box fight, in my Landmark series of history books during my primary school days.)
Dear Jeff Wakefield: We are a State Historic Site located off Interstate 90, Exit 44, in mid central northern Wyoming. Our site is the largest and by my understanding the largest log Stockade Fort, the type you see in the movies. The military portion covered 11 acres, with the civilian portion covering another 7. It had artillery bastions on opposing corners, an occupation of about 400 infantry of the 18th, then the 27th, on the average and 50 cavalry of C Company, the 2nd Regiment.
We have 3 events each summer, the primary event is called Bozeman Trail Days and is held on the 3rd weekend of June. Each year a theme relating to the fort is selected, with a symposium held on the Friday night, living history and if possible, a tour relating to the theme given on Saturday or Sunday, with talks/tours focusing on the military and civilian live in and around the fort also given through the weekend. The normal fee for the site is $2.00 for residents 18 and over or $4.00 for non-residents in the same age group. On this weekend however the price is $3.00 per individual 18 & over in a car or $7.00 per car-load, whichever is less.
Fetterman Days is held on December 21st (the anniversary of the Battle). This tour is held ever year, it does not matter the weather. The tour begins at the Fort's Visitor Center with the guest gathering between 9:30 and 10:00. Initially visitors are given a description of the events that led up to the battle and there is a weapons demonstration of those used in the battle by both sides, Native American and Military. Then the visitors car-pool to Battlefield where they are walked through the site shown the military’s fighting positions and the Indians’ attacking routes, descriptions are given of the different theories of the battle, the positions of the Native Americans Main Village and Intermediate Village are shown along with much more based on our archaeology studies, etc. The other program, The Wagon Box Fight, is held on August 2nd. This is usually held in the evening with talks held at the battlefield and much more including once again, weapons demonstration with the mountain howitzer, the change of weapons from the muzzle loader to the breach loader, and the variety of attacks made by the Native Americans.
Note: for specific historic eras, consult Smoke & Fire News, Camp Chase Gazette (see our links page) and