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History alive! Local historical society marks 200th anniversary of War of 1812

Jacobsburg Historical Society Market Faire and Rendezvous this weekend

Historical society marks 200th anniversary of War of 1812

BUSHKILL TWP, Pa. - You have the chance to interact with history this weekend in Northampton County. The Jacobsburg Historical Society is bringing the past to the present at the Market Faire and Rendezvous.

The weekend of June 16 and 17, more than 100 people are setting up camp at the Jacobsburg Historical Society, site of the historic Boulton Gun Works. They're living like it's hundreds of years ago, with campfires to cook on and tents to sleep in.

"We're trying to preserve what we have," said Richard Flick, camper and owner of Split Rails, a handmade leather goods trade shop.

The reason the weekend's event is called the Market Faire and Rendezvous is because hundreds of years ago, a rendezvous was a gathering of traders. Those who re-enact it now are trading ideas and ways of the past. The Market Faire part of the title comes from the face that there will be hand made goods for sale.

"I love history and you never stop learning," said Ted Shaffer, who's been to the Jacobsburg Historical Society Rendezvous for 12 years.

"Everybody needs to stick their feet in American history," said Larry Gular, who has been camping there for a number of years and is now bringing his grandkids there to learn.

It's a kid friendly event, with a scavenger hunt, crafts, and more. You can shop, eat food cooked on a hearth, check out historic firearms, even throw a tomahawk.

2012 is a historic year, marking a special anniversary.

"We are celebrating the bicentennial both of our second revolution, the War of 1812., however, more importantly for us, our bicentennial of the Henry Gun Works," said Dave Ehrig, past president of Jacobsburg Historical Society.

To celebrate, the Pennsylvania Long Rifle Museum, which is on site, is having a special, rare War of 1812 exhibit.

"It's rather difficult to find items from the War of 1812. It's a rather small conflict by comparison to the Civil War," said Tim Lubenesky, curator of arms for the society.

The Market Faire and Rendezvous is Sat., June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

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