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2019 Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment

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Travel back to 1855 during the Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment on August 10-11, 2019 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma, Washington. The Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment is one of the largest museum events of the year as reenactors set up dozens of tents as they arrive at the Fort. The annual encampment recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to the Fort in 1855. Guests will witness the arrival of the brigade (the convoy that delivered a year’s worth of furs) and spirited contests between trappers and traders – from obstacle course races to cooking contests.

Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment

The Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment includes two days of engaging activities on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Adult (18-64) – $15
Military/Senior (65+) – $15
Youth (4-17) – $10
Ages 3 & under Free

At noon each day, you will witness the arrival of the fur trade brigade, full of bravado and glad tidings. In the early afternoon, there is a spirited contest as reenactors run through an “obstacle course” of 19th century skills such as fire starting and splitting shingles.

During both days of the Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment, families can participate in “Engagé for the Day,” visiting with reenactors at their tents and receiving hands-on lessons in period skills such as sewing, blacksmithing, spinning, and powder horn making. A highlight for children is the Punch and Judy puppet show, which takes place twice daily, at 12:30 and 3:00.

Punch and Judy Puppet Show
This fun and educational event is rooted in history. Once each year, the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) collected all its furs from the region in one place, usually Fort Vancouver. In 1855, HBC traders were instructed to bring their goods to Fort Nisqually instead. Before returning to their respective posts, the traders rested their horses and entertained each other with contests, dancing, and puppet shows.

Fort Nisqually Brigade Encampment Mini Gallery