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August 10 - August 11

Brigade Encampment

Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

Journey back to the year 1855 when the Fur Brigades from east of the Cascades camped at Fort Nisqually. 

Over 100 volunteers will recreate the arrival of the 1855 fur brigades to this Hudson's Bay Company post. The camp brings the sights and sounds of early Washington Territory back to life. Enjoy entertainment ranging from Fur Trappers' Races to an elegant ladies' tea, from dancing to the music of bagpipes, and much, much more.

Brigade Encampment has something for the whole family including the popular "Engagé for the Day" program and Kids' Alley where visitors may participate in hands-on presentations. Upon learning new skills, such as firestarting with flint and steel, blacksmithing, or spinning wool, visitors can sign on as an honorary apprentice for the day with the Hudson's Bay Company!

volunteer showing rifle to crowd

All buildings will be open and re-enactors in 1850s attire will be waiting to share their knowledge and skills with you.

Admission Charged

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. It provides a rare setting for all generations to explore the early history of our state and learn about the life experiences of those who settled here.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Inside Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98407

(253) 591-5339
FortNisqually.org