Farewell to Gerry Thompson

We lost a friend and crewman last month. Gerry Thompson (71) passed away on October 8th, 2018.

He was a active member of the Friends of Crysler’s Farm group for many years, a very interesting long term historic interpreter gardener at Upper Canada Village and was a faithful 1st member (1986)  of my recreated Royal Navy 1812 cannon crew that participated in many reenactments in the area over the years.

We will miss his depth of knowledge on historical facts and stories, his work with the Friends as well as his friendship.

Fair winds and following seas my friend.

Bob Irvine

On behalf of the Friends


Pictures  taken at Ogdensburg, February 1987 and Fort Wellington Loyalist Days 1989. 


Bringing Back the Big Guns

This year’s Remembrance Day ceremony featured a rare treat.

The cannon at the Battle Monument were installed by the Canadian Federal Government in 1895, and were last fired at the opening of the Crysler’s Farm Battlefield National Historic Site in 1961.

This year, they were fired again for the first time in over 50 years.

The cannon themselves are a Blomefield Pattern 24 pounder cast iron gun, cast in 1806 in Falkiek Scotland at the Carron Foundry.  They likely came over as ships guns mounted on the larger warships of the day.  The iron skeleton carriages they’re mounted on are for peacetime only, and in time of war the cannon are put back on wooden carriages.  The service load in the day was 8 pounds of powder; for the Remembrance Day ceremony, 1 pound of powder was used for the blank signal round.

Preparation for return to service wasn’t a trivial task.  From Bob Irvine:

I took out 40 lbs of debris, sticks, stubbie beer bottles, long neck bottles, Timmie cups, dirt and sticks and 26 cents in coins.  The powder charge is set off with a quill filled with fine powder lit by a linstock consisting of lit slowmatch and a long handle as can be seeing when I touched off the gun in the photo.


Remembrance Day 2018

Please join us on November 11th for the Crysler’s Farm Remembrance Day ceremony:

  • 8:30am: Gather at the base of the Battlefield Memorial
  • 9:00am: Ceremony


2018 Battle Re-enactment

Step right into the authentically recreated camps of the British and American army during the War of 1812. Meet period craftspeople, artisans and sutlers who come together to create a large display of living military history. Watch re-enactment battles near the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Memorial Building, next door to Upper Canada Village.

The weekend will include:

  • Gates open at 9:30AM in Crysler Park
  • Military Camp open to the public from 10:00AM-4:00PM
  • Live Action Battle each afternoon starting at 1:30PM (starting with children’s muster and cannon demo)
  • Period merchants and artisans
  • Local historical group displays
  • Ongoing AM & PM demonstrations and drills
  • English country dancing demonstration (SATURDAY ONLY) from 11:00AM until NOON
  • Visit the dioramas at the battle of Crysler’s Farm Memorial Building and the Battlefield memorial


  • Individual: $7
  • Family (2 adults, 4 children): $30
  • 5 years old and under: FREE

2018 Annual General Meeting and Dinner

The Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield
Robin Morris Memorial Dinner & Annual General Meeting

Saturday April 28th, 2018
Iroquois Legion, 24 Dundas Street, Iroquois On.

Doors open/Drinks: 5:00 p.m.
The Friends Annual General Meeting: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner (Roast Turkey & Dessert): 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25

Guest speaker: Author John Austin: 7:30 p.m.
Silent Auction: 8:00 p.m.

Contact us through Facebook or email friendsofcryslersfarm@gmail.com

Battle Re-enactment 2018

In co-ordination with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission/Upper Canada Village we return to the beautiful banks of the St. Lawrence on the 14th to the 15th of July 2018.

We are as a change of pace currently considering again recreating a different War of 1812-14 battle for Saturday, but the Battle of Crysler’s Farm will definitely be the main event on Sunday!

Whether you are a member of the public or a re-enactor please mark this on your calendar for next summer.

For the Re-enactor community please follow us for further organizational updates. Better yet drop us a line if you have any questions or comments. The tent flap is always open…

Dave: 1812alivedc@gmail.com
Kim: mcinnislk@live.ca

See you on the field!

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