War of 1812 Militia Muster Days at Monroe’s Navarre Anderson Trading Post

War of 1812 Militia Muster Days at Navarre Anderson Trading Post


Friday, May 29, 2008 – 7 PM – French-Canadian folktales and legends

Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, May 31, 2009 –  9 AM to 3 PM


The 1st Kentucky Regiment (War of 1812 living history unit) and the Monroe Historical Museums will be hosting its annual Militia Muster Days at the Navarre Anderson Trading Post, located on North Custer Road at the Raisinville bridge in Monroe, Michigan.

While sitting around a campfire, visitors will listen to tales of early 19th Century French-Canadian folklore. The public is invited to come and hear the stories that were told by these first settlers of the River Raisin.  Perhaps you will hear the cry of the loup garou or see a lutin lurking around the barn!
Story telling starts at 7 PM on May 29th at the Trading Post complex.

On Saturday, 30 May from 9AM until 5 PM, and Sunday, 31 May from 9 AM  to 3 PM, visitors to the Navarre Anderson Trading Post will enter a recreated 1810 era militia muster.  The early 19th century muster was when the local residents gathered and practiced military maneuvers and drills.  While at the muster, visitors can watch the militia practice and compete in timed musket firing contest. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about early 19thcentury military and civilian life as well as discuss political issues from that time. Other activities at the muster include an opportunity to visit with living historians portraying local citizens, doing such tasks as preparing dinner, and other daily activities associated with life in the Old Northwest Territory. These talented reenactors welcome questions and dialogue with the public on life at this time.

Children as well as adults will also have opportunities to participate in hands-on demonstrations and play period games during their visit.  An opportunity to tour the complex’s historical buildings is also offered on that weekend.

The Navarre Anderson Trading Post complex recreates a 1790s French “ribbon farm” homestead along the River Raisin. The main building, originally built in 1789, is one of the oldest wooden residence still standing in the state. Other buildings at the complex include an 1810 cookhouse and a replica 1790’s French-Canadian style barn.

The complex is located at 3775 North Custer Road in Monroe, Michigan.  Park at the lot north of the Trading Post at the Martha Barker Country Store. The event is free and open to the public during the stated hours. For additional information, call (734) 240-7780.
Photos courtesy of 1st Kentucky and Monroe County Historical Museum

Click here for the 1st Kentucky website

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