Historic Reenactments of Wartime Actions October 28 and 29th at Point Lookout
For Americans keeping watch for the approaching British during the War of 1812, the aptly named Point Lookout in St. Mary’s County served as an ideal location.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources this weekend offers visitors to Point Lookout State Park a chance to witness living history of the surveillance, the skirmish and other exciting events during “Invasion! The War of 1812.”
“Point Lookout provides the perfect vantage point at the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay,” Maryland Park Service Ranger Dawn Letts said. “Then, as now, onlookers can view the vessels coming and going on both of these well-traveled waterways. That was particularly important during the War of 1812, when soldiers on watch were monitoring any movement toward the state capital, Annapolis or the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.”
Weekend activities and attractions include:
American and British camps open to the public;
British amphibious landings and tactical demonstrations;
Call to arms;
Evening parade, roll call, company drills and flag lowering
Morning parade, roll call, flag raising and company drills; and
Weaponry and artillery drills as well as firing demonstrations.
These living history events will take place at the historic fort area and on the beach at Point Lookout Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park museum and nature center will also be open during the events.
There is a service charge of $3 per car for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Disabled access is available; however, many activities are situated on grassy land and sandy areas that may present difficulty. The program will be held rain or shine.
“Invasion! The War of 1812” is hosted in partnership with the Friends of Point Lookout, Inc. For more information, please contact 301-872-5688.
This park’s peaceful surroundings belie its history as the location of a prison camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. A museum on site recounts this vivid history. A park map is available at park headquarters, the camp office, camp store, and the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center.