This weekend (October 1 and 2) my living history group will be sponsoring our annual War of 1812 Garrison Weekend at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC. Last year was our inaugural event. We held the event the second weekend in June thinking that the weather would be pleasant, but not terribly hot. We were unpleasantly surprised by August temps in June. The event went very well, but we were miserably hot. Because of that and other circumstances of scheduling, we decided to move the event this year and chose the first weekend in October to coincide with the NC Seafood Festival, taking place just across the bridge in Morehead City.
We will be hosting fellow reenactors from North Carolina, as well as a group from Maryland for a weekend of living history displays, infantry drill and musket firing demonstrations, and artillery demonstrations thanks to our good friends from Ship's Company. We also have to thank the Friends of Fort Macon for generously supporting the program with some financial assistance. The weather looks like it is going to be gorgeous this weekend so I hope a lot of folks will take the opportunity to come on out and learn something about North Carolina during the War of 1812.