The Battle of Bushy Run

THE ANNIVERSARY REENACTMENT

Witness a clash of cultures as historical reenactors bring the Battle of Bushy Run to life! Each year, the BRBHS commemorates the Battle of Bushy Run on the first Saturday and Sunday in August with a large-scale, reenactment. Visitors will learn firsthand what caused Native American warriors and British soldiers to take up arms against each other during a two-day battle in August 1763 during Pontiac’s War. They will also discover what life was like on the frontier for European settlers and Native peoples alike in this historical reenactment.

In addition to the reenactments occurring on both Saturday and Sunday, events include morning historical demonstrations, eighteenth century military camps, a Native American village, a sutler trade area, live historical music, a children’s area, concession stand, and more!

258TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BUSHY RUN EVENT DETAILS:

Date: August 7-8, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

One Day Admission: This Year we are taking donations in lieu of a fee. Please donate what you can!

Weekend Pass: TBD

The Schedule for the Weekend:

Saturday

9 am – Park/ Museum Opens

9:30 am – Children’s Activities Opens

10 am – Delivery of Grievances (Native Camp)

10:30 am – Weapons Safety Check (Both Camps)

11:15 am – Native War Council – (Native Camp)

11:45 am – Military Drill and ‘Mad Minute’ (British Camp)

1 pm – Day One Battle

2 pm – Children’s Army Recruitment (Picnic Pavilion)

3 pm – Court Martial (British Camp)

4 pm– Arrival of the March from Fort Ligonier

5 pm – Park and Museum Close

Sunday

9am  – Park/ Museum Open- Church Service (open to public)

10 am – Encampments are open to the public/ Children’s Activities opens

10:30 am – Weapons Safety Check (Both Camps)

11 am – Military Drill and ‘Mad Minute’ (British Camp)

12 pm – Children’s Army Recruitment (Picnic Pavilion)

1 pm – Second Day Battle (Post Battle Bayonet Charge)

2:30 pm Return of British Captives (Native Camp)

5 pm – Park and Museum Closed

The public is invited to visit the British and Native Camps throughout both days!

For living history reenacting units and individuals interested in participating in this year’s battle reenactment, please complete the registration form. Please mail completed forms to:

P.O. Box 468 Harrison City, PA 15636

Please note the following with regards to underage participants from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Safety Manual for Historic Weapons Demonstrations (page 9):

“Minimum age of participants: Participants must be a minimum of 17 years of age to carry and use a weapon (functional or otherwise) in demonstrations or opposing force reenactment.”

See you at the battle!

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to be juried prior to your registration being accepted. Email your photo to info@bushyrunbattlefield.com. We will contact you if you are approved.

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