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Aug. 6 & 7: Encampment returns to English Camp at San Juan Island NHP

Friday Harbor, WA – Encampment, the park’s annual popular living history weekend is back this year at San Juan Island NHP after a three-year hiatus. Please join us this coming August 6 & 7, 2022, at the English Camp Parade Ground for a glimpse of the past as living history interpreters dressed in period clothing will portray Hudson’s Bay Company employees, American soldiers, and British Royal Marines from the mid-1800s.

Demonstrations that will bring history to life include loom work, metalworking, fur trade, and what life was like for members of the military of all ranks and their families. Mid-nineteenth century games will be available for visitors of all ages to participate in and a candlelit dance will be held on the evening of the 6th.

2009 Encampment Photo by Sharon Kivisto

“Encampment has drawn San Juan Island residents and visitors to the park to experience the people and personalities who informed important historical events that make the island what it is today. We are delighted to be able to host such a popular and unique event again this year,” said San Juan Island NHP Superintendent Elexis Fredy.

This year marks the 150th commemoration of the settlement of the boundary dispute between, and joint-occupation of, American and British military forces on San Juan Island in 1872. Encampment will play a central role in the park’s ability to share the story of peaceful resolution and provide a window into the lives of the people who were impacted.

Visitors are also encouraged to explore the new American Camp Visitor Center, with compelling exhibits from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday each week (closed Wednesdays). Please check the park’s website (www.nps.gov/sajh) for updates on additional programming and other commemorative events that pay tribute to this historic anniversary.


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