The soggy weather didn’t stop a handful of hardy souls from sleeping out at Fort Phoenix on Friday night through Sunday for the annual fall encampment by the Fairhaven Village Militia. Most members of the militia held out until Saturday, when the rain stopped and the weather got warm.
According to participants, the public showed up in force as soon as the threat of rain disappeared, although there were healthy numbers even before then. The weekend included activities and demonstrations of life in the 1770s, including the periodic firing of muskets for no apparent reason, and the firing of the fort’s five large civil war era cannons at dusk on Saturday.
The September encampment recalls a battle of the Revolutionary War that resulted in the destruction of the fort and the burning of the whole village by the British. Four thousand British soldiers attacked the four villages along the Acushnet River. It took years for the local waterfront businesses to recover. For more information visit http://fairhaventours.com/fort-phoenix-fairhaven-ma/.
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