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2019 Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous

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Experience pre-1840s fur trade life at the Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous on June 21-29, 2019 at the Seven Eagles Historical Education Center in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The blast of a Muzzleloader, the aroma of stew cooking over a campfire and folks who look like they stepped out of a history book will be greeting visitors to the Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous.

Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous

The Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous is a week long reenactment, where fur trappers, long hunters, American Indians and frontier families gather to experience the way people lived in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sutlers will be selling a variety of supplies.

Please pre-register by May 1 if possible.
Needed for planning. No extra charge for payment at gate.

Rendezvous Fees & Registration
Camp Fee: $45 per person
$20 per vendor or large blanket trader, plus camp fee.
Children 17 & under free
Make checks payable to Friends of ONW
Mail with form to: Friends of ONW, c/o Vicki Johnson, 4836 Co Rd P, McClure OH 43534

Gate Hours:
WED-FRI: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Setup Days)
SAT-SUN: 8-9:00 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.
MON-FRI: 4-5 p.m.

Camping areas
General Camping is available in designated areas.
Handicapped – A camp area for the disabled will be provided near the handicapped parking lot.
Modern – A modern camping area is available. No hook-ups provided by NRLHF.

Vendor Areas

  • The designated trader area will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday – Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on other days.
  • Traders are welcome to set up in the designated area beginning Tuesday. Call 419-601-2495 for arrangements.
  • Food Vendors, please contact the Allegan County Health Department for the cost of a 10 day food permit.

Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous Mini Gallery

Public Visitors:
Admission: $3 (age 13+); 12 & under free
Entire camp is open to visitors from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Partial list of rules and regs

    • Please help us keep the Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous “primitive”. Clothing, lodges and accoutrements must be from the period 1640 – 1840 in North America. Absolutely no modern footwear or sunglasses, unless medically required. Eye and hearing protection is encouraged on the firing line only. Modern items (coolers, cell phones, cans, etc.) must be kept out of sight at all times. No modern weapons.
    • Artillery is limited to the artillery area and used in accordance with the artillery captain’s guidelines.
    • No propane, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid or similar flammable liquids will be permitted. Exceptions may be made for food vendors and handicapped campers.
    • Propane containers must be kept out of sight at all times.
    • Commercial food vendor equipment will be inspected by rendezvous staff for safety.
    • Fire extinguishers are required by state law. Inspectors have the final word concerning safety.
    • Handicap participants must abide by the rules as much as possible.
    • Handicap carts and walkers are allowed.
    • NRLHF follows ADA rules for service dogs.
    • NO PETS ARE ALLOWED in primitive camp.
    • Photography equipment must be covered when not in use. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY.
    • Firewood, hooters, water and dumpsters will be provided. Trash must be in tied plastic bags.
    • DO NOT dump the contents of chamber pots into a trash bag.
    • Do not rinse chamber pots at water stations. It poses a serious sanitation risk.
    • Needles must be properly discarded.
    • Please leave your area as clean or cleaner than you found it.
    • Discard cigarette butts responsibly.
    • NO SMOKING IN THE HOOTERS Please think of those with breathing disabilities.
    • Fires must be contained in a pit and must be attended at all times. Fill and level your fire pit before you leave. A minim