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  • David J. Brunelle
    ... From: David J. Brunelle To: David Brunelle Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 10:26 PM Subject: Fort Willow
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "David J. Brunelle" <brunelle@...>
      To: "David Brunelle" <brunelle@...>
      Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 10:26 PM
      Subject: Fort Willow Event


      > Nine Mile Portage Trail Opening/Fort Willow Depot Historical Encampment
      >
      > Saturday, September 18th/04
      >
      >
      >
      > Dear Re-enactors and Friends,
      >
      >
      >
      > Plans for the opening of the Nine Mile Portage Trail and Historical
      War
      > of 1812 encampment at Fort Willow Depot near Barrie & Minesing, Ontario on
      > September 18th/04 are set and any re-enactors, demonstrators, artisans,
      > canoes and long boats who are free on these dates are welcomed to attend.
      > In partnership with the City of Barrie, Township of Springwater,
      Nottawasaga
      > Conservation Authority and Friends of Fort Willow Depot, we are working in
      > cooperation to re-open the Nine Mile Portage Trail that connected
      Kempenfelt
      > Bay (Downtown Barrie) with Fort Willow Depot and eventually on to Georgian
      > Bay. This was a vital alternate land supply route during the War of 1812
      > and kept the Upper Great Lakes supplied and from falling totally into
      > American hands. This event is just for one day and would finish around
      > 6:00pm. Re-enactors and participants would have the option of setting up
      on
      > Friday evening Sept 17th/04 or arriving early Saturday morning. Saturday
      > will also feature an opening ceremony located in downtown Barrie at
      10:00am
      > where re-enactors and participants would be bussed to and from. For those
      > planning on attending we are offering Saturday breakfast and lunch, a
      > commemorative souvenir coin and the usual firewood, straw and water. If
      you
      > would like to attend please contact me to register in order to reserve
      > parking, food and souvenirs and other logistical items need to accommodate
      > your participation. To date we have over 60 re-enactors and participates
      > registered and look forward to hosting anymore re-enactors that would like
      > to attend.
      >
      >
      >
      > Confirmed individuals and groups attending include:
      >
      >
      >
      > Royal Newfoundland Regiment - Bulger's Company
      >
      > Royal George Landing Party & Bateaux
      >
      > Ships Company - Penetanguishene & Bateaux
      >
      > Barrie Voyageur Club & Canoes
      >
      > 19th Light Dragoons
      >
      > Voyageur - Mackenzie Calangher
      >
      > Glen Farms Sutlery
      >
      > Cooper - Len Heidebrecht
      >
      > Cobbler - Peter Monahan
      >
      > Blacksmith - Les Stanley
      >
      > On-gwe-ho-way - Native Group
      >
      > Sutler Cyrus
      >
      > British Militia - Bruce Whittaker
      >
      > Celtic Rose Perfumery
      >
      >
      >
      > If you would like to attend please contact me either by e-mail or by phone
      > at 705-529-6382. If you have any questions please let me know!!
      >
      >
      >
      > Take Care!! David J. Brunelle
      >
      > Schedule of Events:
      >
      >
      >
      > Friday, Sept 17th/04
      >
      > 4:00pm till Dusk - Re-enactors set-up encampment at Fort Willow
      >
      > Saturday, Sept 18th/04
      >
      > 7:00am to 9:00am - Re-enactors set-up encampment at Fort Willow
      > 7:30am to 9:00am - Breakfast for Participants provided
      > 9:00am - Re-enactors board buses for Downtown Barrie
      > 10:00am to 11:00am - Portage Trail/Re-enactment of Landing and Official
      > Portage Trail Opening - Participants and public are invited to walk the
      > Portage Trail to Fort Willow.
      > 11:00am - Re-enactors board buses for Fort Willow
      > 12:00pm - Lunch provided for all participants
      > 12:30pm to 6:00pm - All re-enactors are actively presenting to the public.
      >
      > 3:00pm - Ceremony/Official letters arrive from earlier ceremony after
      > running the entire length of the trail.
      > 6:00pm - Re-enactors can begin to pack up and leave. No overnight
      > encampments on Saturday evening.
      >
      >
      >
      > History of Fort Willow Depot
      >
      >
      >
      > During the War of 1812, the Nine Mile Portage from Kempenfelt Bay to
      > Willow Creek formed part of the vital route via Yonge Street, Lake Simcoe,
      > the Nottawasaga River and Georgian Bay, which linked Upper Canada with the
      > British posts on the upper Great Lakes. At the Willow Creek Depot (also
      > known as Fort Willow), beside the Minesing Swamp and one mile from the
      > landing on Willow Creek, were stored the hundreds of tons of military
      > supplies and trade goods that maintained the western posts during 1814-15
      > and the years immediately following. The depot ultimately included some
      > eight log structures built by the military authorities for fur trading
      > companies and was surrounded by a palisade measuring roughly 280 by 190
      > feet.
      > A recent restoration project undertaken by the Fort Willow Improvement
      > Group and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority allows visitors a
      > simple but unique glimpse of Canada's early military history. Website -
      > www.nvca.on.ca/ca/fort_willow/
      >
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