Brigade Encampment

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Fort Nisqually

Update 6-24-20
Due to COVID-19 this event may or may not occur as planned. We’re exploring various scenarios for holding the event in compliance with safety guidelines and will update this page as decisions are made.

August 8-9, 2020
11 am-5 pm

Step back in time to the early days of the Washington Territory at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s annual Brigade Encampment.

This event recreates the lively visit of a large group of fur traders (a brigade) to the Fort in 1855.

At 11:30 a.m. each day, guests will witness the arrival of the fur trade brigade, led by bagpipers and welcomed by a volley of musket fire. The day unfolds with competitions, Punch and Judy puppet shows, and musical performances. Families can participate in “Engagé for the Day,” visiting with living historians at their tents to learn heritage skills such as rope making, weaving, and woodcarving. Children collect beads for each new skill and receive their own contract from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The Brigade system was utilized by the company to facilitate the collection of its annual “returns” (furs) and distribution of “outfits” (supplies headed to far-flung district posts). 1855 was the only year the company’s Brigade, which was always associated with celebration, was held at Fort Nisqually.


Aug 8 & 9; 11 am-5 pm


Fort Nisqually
5519 Five Mile Dr
Tacoma, WA 98407