Journal of the San Juan Islands


Encampment 2013: ‘peace’ revisited

July 23, 2013 · Updated 12:22 PM

Pig War-era re-enactors prepare to present colors at Encampment 2012. / Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen

History doesn’t begin with the Pig War and the 12-year joint occupation of San Juan Island by British and U.S. troops. But if it’s peace you’re after, that’s a pretty good place to start.

Re-enactors from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada will converge on the parade ground of English Camp July 27-28 to celebrate the peaceful settlement of an international boundary dispute as part of 15th annual Encampment festivities.

The highlight of this year’s event, like its predecessors, will be the Candlelight Ball, 8 p.m., in the English Camp barracks, featuring traditional cake and punch, music for contra dancing by Michael Cohen and the Pig War Band.

Other Encampment activities include demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing and cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue. The event is free. Disabled persons can call the park, 378-2240, ext. 2228/222 for information about access.

For more on Encampment 2013, visit the NPS website.


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