We’ve added a new gallery containing photos from the 2016 event’s Saturday battle – a representation of the Battle of Hoople’s Creek. Thanks to all those who braved the weather to visit, and the re-enactors who made it possible.
Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment – 2016A re-enactment of the Battle of Hoople's Creek Photo Credit: Wendy StevensonSee images »
Please join us on July 9th and 10th for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment.
- Gates open at 9:30am at Crysler Park
- $5 admission – children under 6 free – Get $5 off Upper Canada Village’s day program with your Battle admission wristband.
- Military Camp open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm
- Live action battle each afternoon starting at 1:30pm with a Children’s Muster and Cannon Run.
- Period Merchants and Artisans
- 1812 Doctor Wartime Surgery Station
- Ongoing demonstrations and drills
- Visit the displays and life-size dioramas at the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Memorial Building.
Founded in 1666, Fort St. Jean is celebrating 350 years as a key post guarding the highway to Canada along the Richelieu River and the development of the town around the Fort.
For more information, visit stjean2016.org.
Join us for an afternoon of seminars, displays and our Annual General Meeting. Silent Auction and door prizes. We’d love to have you there!
When: Saturday April 2, at 1PM
Where: St. Clare Anglican Church, 2530 Falcon Lane, Winchester, Ontario
1:00 PM – Seminar Speaker: David Smith, The Canadian Fencibles
2:00 PM – The Friends Annual General Meeting
3:30 PM – Seminar Speaker: Major (retired) Philip Bury, The Royal Canadian Regiment, LCpl, The Grenville Militia
Refreshments: 5:00 PM / Dinner: 5:30 PM
Dinner Guest Speaker: Major John R. Grodzinski, CD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Acting Head, Department of History / Royal Military College of Canada
Tickets: $35 Dinner & Seminars, $25 Dinner only
Interested in what the Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial looked like before the flooding from the Seaway construction? Have a look here: Crysler’s Farm in 1929
The memorial commemorating the Battle of Crysler’s Farm towers from its lofty position over the St. Lawrence River, flanked by cannon. The tree lined manmade escarpment upon which it sits was created out of the once blood soaked battlefield soil scooped from the former John Crysler farm prior to the flooding of the St. Lawrence River for the Seaway and Ontario Power Project. Surrounded by farmer’s fields the memorial then stood at road side level on the north side of the highway facing the river…
The 2015 Battle of Crysler’s Farm Weekend was again a resounding success.
The reenactors fought an exciting and suspense-filled battle on each of two successive afternoons with artillery and horses adding to the battle, to the enthusiastic cheers of a good crowd on each day. A steady stream of interested visitors to the encampment gained an increased interest and knowledge of the lives of both soldiers and civilians of the era. The sutlers and civilians added to the military encampment that attracted reenactors and visitors alike. A lively festive addition to the reenactor’s pub night was the introduction of period-appropriate English Country Dancing, just as it might have appeared in front of Cook’s Tavern any summer’s evening in 1813. Upper Canada Village’s Travelling Tiltons show provided added comic relief through song and wit.
A feature of this year’s event, sombre but much appreciated by those attending, was a Sunday morning paying of respect to the memory of the late Robin Morris, who was a leader in bringing the early history of Eastern Ontario to the public through living history. He was an enthusiastic historical reenactor, founding member of The Canadian Fencibles, and devoted friend (and Friend) of the Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial. A brief memorial was led by Robin’s old friend Bob Irvine. The memorial ended, with the aid of Robin’s friends and fellow gunners, with the spreading of his ashes in the most fitting way possible over his beloved Saint Lawrence River.
No account of the weekend would be complete without thanks to the staff of Upper Canada Village and the St. Lawrence Parks commission. The logistic and staff support they provided did much to make the event the success it was.