Buried deep in the woods of the Forest Glen Preserve, you’ll find a foot-worn path, a little log cabin, and the birth of our nation.
Ok, so it’s not actually the birthplace of America, but it will feel like it.
This is the site of the Vermilion Valley Encampment and host location of the Pioneer Craft Day and Revolutionary War Reenactment on Saturday-Sunday, September 28-29, 2019. The encampment will feature a Revolutionary War re-enactment with authentically clothed reenactors, military drills and explosive battles each afternoon.
This event brings together period craftspeople from the area and Revolutionary War reenactors from several states, demonstrating the way life was in the 1700s. Play colonial games, watch the fashion show and ask questions of the period crafters. Each day includes different hands-on activities, including apple cider making, candle dipping, and rope making.
This is a FREE event, produced by the North West Territory Alliance (NWTA) and hosted by Worthington’s Company. The Sugar Bush Concession Stand will be open.
Make your revolutionary weekend complete by seeing the American Revolutionary War Memorial in downtown Danville. “Uncle Joe” Cannon used his connections as Speaker of the House to secure a Minute Man statue designed by Daniel Chester French and executed by Paul Manship. French is probably best known for his statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Manship would later create the John F. Kennedy inaugural medal. The Minute Man stands in front of the Vermilion County Administrative Building.
Pioneer Craft Day and Revolutionary War Reenactment
10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Saturday • 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Sunday
Homestead Cabin Area of Forest Glen Preserve
20301 E 900 North Road, Westville, IL 61883
American Revolutionary War Memorial
201 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832