Sunday, October 15th

The Wabanaki in the Merrimac Valley during the Colonial Wars

 The “Old Chelmsford” Garrison House is pleased to present Ken Hamilton, a 17th and 18th century living history Native “woodland” interpreter on Sunday, October 15th at the Garrison House Complex.  Ken has interpreted Native American historical culture for over 20 years.  He has appeared in many documentaries and movies and serves as an advisor for many historical projects. The Eastern Woodlands included the Northeast, Maritimes, Southeast, Great Lakes, and Ohio River Valley.  Ken brings this culture and history to life.

His two-part presentation is “The Wabanaki in the Merrimac Valley during the Colonial Indian Wars - 1675 – 1725.  At 12:00 noon, Ken will present a children’s program.  Learn about Native American children’s lives and see some of the tools they used – fish spears, trade goods, bow and arrow, rattles and hand drum.  Ken will sing a song or two with the rattle and hand drum.

At 2:00 P.M. Ken will present a brief overview of the Pennacook Wamesit Native Life in the Merrimac Valley as well as Central, Ma., Maine and New Brunswick.  The discussion will address several famous local incidents and the Wabanaki lifestyle.  This period includes the French and puts the histories of these people into perspective.  Included in this period are King William’s, Queen Anne’s, King Philip’s Drummer’s Lovewell;s Wars. 

Along with the discussion there will be a living history camp which will highlight the culture of the regional Native Americans during this era by using authentic reproduction clothing, weapons, tools and camp gear (including snow shoes and toboggan.  All objects are extensively researched from museum and private archaeological collections, period European art, written descriptions, and government and fur trade inventories.

While several nearby communities (Dover, York, Groton, Durham, Haverhill, Deerfield, etc.) had “direct hits,” Chelmsford, because of its location and circumstances, was an active district, from both friend and foe.

 Admission is free – donations are most welcome.

For more information, call (978)256-8832, or email email us.