Reenactors to portray 256th Battle of Bushy Run in Penn Township
The re-enactment of the two-day battle between the British and the confederation of Native Americans on the Penn Township battlefield that took place Aug. 5-6, 1763, will give guests the opportunity to learn about mid-18th century culture and history.
The re-enactment started taking place over two days last year in order to maintain historical accuracy. This year, Saturday’s re-enactment will take place at two times — 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. — to accommodate more guests. Visitors arriving Saturday will be given a ticket informing them which viewing they will attend.
Guests can also watch morning historical demonstrations including military drills Saturday and a musical performance and fashion show Sunday. Guests can also view military camps, a Native American village, a refugee camp and sutler trade area. A children’s area and concession stand will be available.
“We cannot wait for visitors to once again experience this anniversary event in a new way. Keeping tradition in mind, we are thrilled to be including additional historical demonstrations that we know our visitors and participants will enjoy. It will truly be an exciting and immersive experience for all who attend,” said Bonnie Ramus, president of the historical society.
The British victory at Bushy Run in August 1763 was the critical turning point in Pontiac’s War, which was a series of Native American attacks on British outposts coordinated by the Ottawa chief Pontiac. It prevented the capture of Fort Pitt and restored lines of communication between the frontier and eastern settlements.
The British victory by Col. Henry Bouquet helped to keep the “gateway to western expansion” open. The events of Pontiac’s War leading to the battle add to the understanding of the Indian-European culture clash, an important theme in American history.
This year’s annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $10, or $5 for children. Admission is free for children younger than 3.
Weekend passes can also be purchased for $15, or $7 for kids. Tickets and passes will be available at the entrance gate, by emailing [email protected] or calling 724-527-5584.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .