Territory Festival takes journey back in time
This weekend, the historic downtown Corydon square will take a step back in time and return to the early 19th century for the annual Indiana Territory Festival. This free event will allow visitors to mingle with historical figures and see what life was like when Corydon was the capital of Indiana.
The festival, now in its fifth year, will take place Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festivities will include live music, cannon demonstrations and a re-enactment of the signing of the Indiana State Constitution.
Throughout the weekend re-enactors will demonstrate daily life in the 1800s, and legislators and lawmakers will walk the Capitol grounds en route to important meetings that will determine much of Indiana’s history. An early militia group will train to protect Corydon in the upcoming Civil War, and farmers, laborers and hunters will show their crafts and wares and demonstrate the challenging skills needed to survive in the Western Frontier such as blacksmithing and woodworking.
And what would a festival be without a parade? The Fourth of July Parade Committee has one planned for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is no longer necessary; entries will be accepted up until parade time. The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot. Questions about the parade, as well as information about the kinds of entries desired and what is restricted, can be directed to Lori S. Short (738-3739) or Carl Whitman (1-502-553-3261).
Living history camps and period merchants will be open to the public all weekend. Food and drinks will be available on site. Free carriage rides will also be available at various times during the weekend.
For more festival information, contact Nathanael Logsdon at 1-812-606-1264.
Here is a schedule of events for the festival:
7 p.m. ‘ First-person living history interpretation
7:30 p.m. ‘ Band Concert, period craftsmen and merchants will be open late
9:30 p.m. ‘ Indiana Territory Militia will demonstrate musket fire before the fireworks at Old Capital Golf Course
10:30 a.m. ‘ Indiana Territory Festival and Fourth of July Parade
12:30 p.m. ‘ Re-enactment of the Signing of the Indiana State Constitution of 1816
1:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of John Shields, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who later settled in Harrison County
2:30 p.m. ‘ Early American Duel (two young men will fight for honor with flintlock pistols)
3:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of Polly Strong, an African-American slave who fought for her legal freedom in Indiana’s Capitol
4:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of John Tipton, a citizen of Corydon and a veteran of the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe
5:30 p.m. ‘ Annual log-sawing contest
7 p.m. ‘ Federalist Ball and Concert, period music provided by Traveler’s Dream
9 a.m. ‘ Non-denominational 19th Century Church Service
10:30 a.m. ‘ War of 1812 Memorial
11:30 a.m. ‘ Early American Duel
12:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of John Shields
1:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of Polly Strong
2:30 p.m. ‘ First-person interpretation of John Tipton
4 p.m. ‘ Closing Ceremonies
Note: The schedule is subject to change due to weather and other unforeseeable incidents.