A Living History Commemoration of the
Battle for Bennington at Walloomsac, NY
August 12 & 13, 2017
Upon arrival at the event all participants must sign in. After sign in all participants should report to their appropriate army Quartermasters or a member of their staffs before setting up your camp. “Campaign/Hard Core/Progressive” participants must also report to the Quartermasters before set-up.
No modern vehicles will be permitted in the camp areas from 10:00 AM Saturday to 3:00 PM Sunday. This rule will be enforced by New York State Park Police and violators will be ticketed.
Despite pounding thunder storms it appears from all accounts that neither army at Bennington had the luxury of being under canvas. However, since most reenactors are accustomed to staying in tents and because they provide an interesting visual effect for the public, there will be no prohibition on their use. However, all tents should be correct for 1777 and private soldiers should be using standard size wedges unless you have been asked to take a command position. Please plan accordingly. Wall tents and marquees should only be used by officers in the military camp. Finally, excessive camp equipage must be avoided.
All fires are restricted to the mess or kitchen areas only. Fire boxes will be provided by the site and ALL fires must be in a fire box. A water bucket and blanket must be near the fire at all times. NO UN-ATTENDED FIRES. NO FIRES OR OPEN FLAMES IN THE CAMP AREA.
No fires will be allowed in the company streets. No open flames are allowed in tents, all candles must be enclosed in period correct lanterns. Lantern stands are not historically correct, so please leave them at home. Also, no modern lanterns or camp stoves will be allowed in the encampment.
The following items are not permitted in camps at any time:
- Camp furniture in the company streets
- Non-period cookware, such as blue enamel speckleware
- Visible plastic bags or ground cloths
- Visible cots or sleeping bags
- Lanterns stands
- Metal campfire sets in military camps
- Unbroken hay bales
- Two piece camp chairs, slat chairs or other anachronistic furnishings
- Visible non-period foodstuffs
- Visible modern food packaging including beverage cans, bottles, etc.
- Modern pets
A provost will be assigned to each camp to insure a reasonable level of authenticity.