The Revolutionary War will be brought back to life again in Fairhaven during a two-day historical encampment on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29 at Fort Phoenix.

According to South Coast, “members of the Fairhaven Village Militia and the Fairhaven Office of Tourism will live in an authentic period camp the same way it was done more than 230 years ago.”  Men, women, and children will dress in Revolutionary War clothing to reenact what life was like in 1778 and talk about the history of the fort.  They will also be demonstrating campfire cooking, starting a fire with flint and steel, musket ball casting, military drilling, loading and firing flintlock muskets and rifles, tin-smithing, leather working, 18th-century dentistry and medicine, and cannon firing.

However, the highlight of the weekend will be the firing of the fort’s five large cannons, scheduled for dusk, at approximately 7:45pm on Saturday.

In the event of heavy rain, both the cannon firing and the overnight encampment will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.  The militia’s camp will be open to the public from 9am until sunset on Saturday, and from 9am to mid-afternoon on Sunday.

For more information, call the Office of Tourism at 508-979-4085 or email

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez

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