1814 Battle Re-enactment in Meaford and Thornbury

Volunteers dressed as British 'tars' prepare one of the five life boats for sailing from Meaford to Thornbury Tuesday morning. Photo by Jim Armstrong

Visitors to the south Georgian Bay area this week will be able to witness the re-enactment of a little known battle that took place 200 years ago.

In August 1814, British, Canadian and aboriginal forces fought to hold a fort at Wasaga Beach. But American troops won the battle by sinking the British supply ship H.M.S. Nancy in the Nottawasaga River.

A re-enactment began Monday in Meaford at the Rotary Pavilion. After camping out overnight, the actors-as-soldiers sailed out of the Meaford Harbour Tuesday morning, heading for Thornbury.

Meaford Museum coordinator Jody Seeley says it’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to learn more about the War of 1812 and the life of a soldier of that time.
The event ends Thursday in Wasaga Beach.