Colonial Kensington in Milford at Kensington Metropark
Your family can experience the 18th century Aug. 11-12, 2012 at this kid friendly historic event with battle reenactments, cool old-fashioned demos, music and more
Ever wonder what it was like to live in the 18th century? Explore beyond what you'll learn from any history book when you check out the 12th annual Colonial Kensington, a historic encampment and reenactment. It takes place Aug. 11-12, 2012 at Martindale Beach at Kensington Metropark.
The entire event is open to the public to explore – and learn more about the time period from more than 200 experienced reenactors.
No modern technology will be used! Visitors can watch costumed characters ignite flames with steel and rocks, cook over fires and wash dishes the old-fashioned way. Fife and drum corps will march throughout the camps playing 18th century music. Also, new this year: Watch for reenactors portraying French colonial fur traders equipped with authentic canoes.
There's special entertainment just for the kids, too. Watch a period-correct Punch and Judy puppet show, held at different times throughout the weekend. Young ones can also get in on the action at a children's drill using wooden muskets.
Be sure to catch the highlight battle reenactment both days, taking place around 2 p.m., where the British reenactors battle the American and French reenactors by firing off a spectacle of muskets and cannons.
A more specific schedule of events will be handed out at the beginning of the day. It is free to observe the event; however it costs $5 per car for the day to be admitted into the park (unless you have an annual Huron-Clinton Metroparks pass).
Check out the Metro Parent listing to learn more about the 2012 Colonial Kensington event in Milford.