Letter: Historical reenactment will immerse you in fur trade

Editor,

The mountain men have returned to Whidbey Island. Historical reenactments will recreate the rendezvous. Trappers would bring their furs and traders from St. Louis and would make a several-week trip to a designated place once a year to trade furs and supplies.

This was also an opportunity to meet old friends and see who “winterize over.” They would also get news from “flatlander” traders and send mail back to family and friends in the east. We will be using our skills at shooting, knife and tomahawk throwing, and archery in competition with each other.

The Ruxton Museum will be there with authentic original weapons and equipment used by the mountain men along with museum-quality reproductions. They are very knowledgeable and are ready for your questions about the Rocky Mountain fur trade era. There will also be traders with their wares as well as a blacksmith.

Several hands-on demonstrations for you to try your hand at and food will be available. We are family-friendly so please join us at 4778 Monkey Hill Road on Aug. 9-11. The public, aka flatlanders and pilgrims, are welcome at no cost. Come visit and learn how the Rocky Mountain Northwest was opened for fur traders. Questions? Contact Packrat at vfwmgpackrat@gmail.com

Chris “Packrat” Kinkel

Oak Harbor

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