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  • File The Old Fort will be home to mid-1700s battle re-enactments this weekend.

Friday, August 23, 2019 1:00 am

Old Fort a stage for Post Miamies

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you go

What: Post Miamies – 1954-1763

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.

Admission: Free

More than 100 reenactors from around the country will be at the Old Fort this weekend for Post Miamies – 1754-1763.

“This is the best attended of all of our events during the year,” says Bob Jones, vice president of the directors for Historic Fort Wayne Inc.

The Post Miamies event is a recreation of what is knows as the “Seven Years' War,” a period when the French operated a fort in the area as part of a trading network through North America. The French and British were battling for supremacy over this continent.

“And it was truly a world war,” Jones says. In addition to battles in North America, there were conflicts in Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

A small French garrison was stationed at the local fort, but visitors this weekend will see a wide range of military units including French Marines, British forces and native allies.

But they won't all blend together in battle re-enactments as the Old Fort stands in as a British instillation with the French attacking, and vice versa.

“Like jerseys in a sporting event where you can recognize your team by the color of their jersey, the different units had different color codes,” Jones says.

At 10:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, flags will be raised at assembly and the “soldiers” will re-create the life of a solider starting at 11:30. Battles take place in the afternoon, followed by other activities before the flags are lowered. A full schedule of events, including battle times, is available at OldFortWayne.org.

There will be other ongoing demonstrations including wood working, fishing, tinsmithing, blacksmithing and music. Fort volunteers will also be running a bake sale with treats and drinks for purchase.

Though the Old Fort typically marks living history in a sliver of the early 1800s, special events like Post Miamies broaden the scope to other time periods.

“We're storytellers, and this is our stage,” Jones says. “And we tell more than one story.”

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