2019 Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous
Join us for the annual Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous on May 17-19, 2019 at Peninsula Park in Saukville, Wisconsin. Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous is a historical reenactment, sponsored by the Saukville Historical Society and held the third weekend in May. The event focuses on Wisconsin’s Fur Trade Era, from 1750 to 1840, and visitors can expect to speak with and observe historical reenactors representing the various inhabitants of our State prior to statehood, including voyageurs; military groups representing the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812; First Nations representatives and reenactors; and, tradespeople such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, weavers, and more.
Step out of the 21st century for the day and enjoy the sights and sounds of mid-eighteenth to early nineteenth century Wisconsin at the Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous!
$5.00 Adults (Saturday & Sunday)
$3.00 Students (Friday School Day)
$4.00 Armed Forces, Veterans, adults 65 and older
$2.00 per child under 18
Children ages 2 or younger are free
Friday School Day 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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E Clay Street
Saukville, WI 53080
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There is no parking at Peninsula Park, and close street parking is very limited. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors are encouraged to park at U-Haul Moving & Storage, located at 835 E. Green Bay Ave. in the former Piggly Wiggly store, and take the free shuttle to and from the park.
On Friday, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous offers a School Day, designed specifically for area school children to experience history firsthand. This experience is primarily geared towards students in 4th through 8th grade, but is open to all ages, as well as home schooling groups. The cost is $3/child (home schooling groups may enter at the $5/adult and $2/child rate). Schools who wish to participate in the School Day must register. Fill out the online form and we will send out your information packet.
Participation in the Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous is by invitation only. Participation in the past events does not guarantee your invitation to the event. Our focus for the Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous is the Fur Trade in Wisconsin from 1750 through 1840; priority will be given to reenactors, presenters, sutlers, and entertainers who are excellent demonstrators and educators, and who are willing to participate in our School Day on Friday. Participants will be asked to provide photos and links, or a statement, describing your individual or group presentation; we are looking for dedication to historical accuracy, and a thorough knowledge of the time period and the people you are representing. If you are interested in participating in the event, please fill out the contact form below. In the comment section, please add your individual or group description, and any links, if applicable. If you meet our requirements, registration forms will be sent to you. Only individuals who have sent in registration will be admitted to the event. Participant Registration
We are looking to work with local Civic and Non-Profit groups to provide food, beverages, and services at the event, but individuals are welcome, as well. Historical attire will be required and facilitated, and booth space will be provided to nonprofits. This is an excellent fundraising or service opportunity. If you are interested, please contact us!
History of the Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous
Since 1988, the Saukville Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving, recording and
maintaining the historical information and antiquities of the Saukville Area, as well as promoting the awareness of the area’s historical culture, to develop an understanding of, and pride in, our past, and to recognize its importance in the future.
From 1991 to 2006, the SHS ran the Crossroads Rendezvous historical reenactment at Peninsula Park every third weekend in May, bringing thousands of visitors to Saukville and providing an incredibly unique educational experience for area children and their families. Revenue from the event funded the restoration of the 1912 Firehouse, located on Mill Street in Saukville, that the Historical Society calls home.
In the fall of 2017, Mary Boyle and Sara Dahmen, two historical reenactors from Port Washington, decided it was time to bring the Crossroads Rendezvous back. Together, with their families and the Saukville Historical Society, they are excited to introduce a new generation of visitors to the magic of living history and the important part “the crossroads” of Saukville played in the history of our community, State, and Country. Join us at the Crossroads this May!
History of the Crossroads
The Township and Village of Saukville are located at the ancient crossroads of two major American Indian trails: the old Decorah Road and the old Green Bay Road. The Decorah Road became the present-day Wisconsin Highway 33, and the old Green Bay Road became the road that is now part of the southern portion of Ozaukee County Highway O and the northern portion of Ozaukee County Highway W. The Indian trails crossed where the Milwaukee River makes an unusual bending loop, forming a unique river peninsula.
About the Sponsor
The Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous is presented by the Saukville Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization affiliated with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the event to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form below.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Saukville Crossroads Rendezvous on the third weekend of May at Peninsula Park in Saukville, Wisconsin.
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