Military encampment at Blennerhassett Island

From staff reports

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will host sights and sounds from the American Revolution on Saturday and Sunday.

The Northwest Department of the Brigade of the American Revolution will be encamped on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

The purpose of the Brigade is to portray the life and times of the common soldier of the American Revolution. They will be demonstrating and describing a variety of activities appropriate to the time period, such as the difference between rifles and muskets, the clothing of the period, artillery, music of the period and demonstrations of linear tactics as used on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War.

The activities planned by the Brigade will be scheduled throughout the day for folks to see and visit the campsites. The Brigade will perform different tactical maneuvers and skirmishes for visitors to see what battles would have been like during the Revolution War.

There is no charge to view the Brigade’s activities. Tickets to ride the sternwheeler to the island are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum.

The boat departure times on Saturday and Sunday begin at 11 a.m. and depart on the hour until 4 p.m. The boat returns from the island on the half hour and the last boat leaves the island at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the round-trip boat ride is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12.

For more information, call the park office at 304-420-4800.