Join the fun and excitement at Compass Inn Museum for Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s second Living History Weekend of the summer. From 11 am to 4 pm on July 17th and 18th, interact with the men and women of the Maryland based Ship’s Company, a reenactment unit that portrays the naval contractor system used to supply the US Navy during the War of 1812, highlighting the roles of early American businesswomen, tailors, seamstresses, sailmakers, brewers, and millers.
Did you know that before the declaration of War in 1812, President James Madison asked Congress to increase the strength of the U.S. seafaring troops, taking an action that he hoped British leaders would notice? Therefore, to increase the small naval forces, Civilian Naval Agents set out to recruit young men into service and garner supplies for Madison’s efforts.
Tours of the historic Compass Inn and outbuildings, as well as cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations, will be ongoing at no extra charge.