Fulton County Historical Society. The event will be held April 26-27 from 10 to 5 on
Saturday and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. FCHS grounds are four miles north of Rochester
on U.S. 31. The festival will be held just south of the Round Barn Museum in the
Living History Village. Admission is $3 for adults ages 12 and older, child 11 and
under free. Proceeds enable the historical society to operate the museum and
preserve history. For more information, contact 574-223-4436 or see www.
fultoncountyhistory.org Rain or Shine the festival will go on.
Every spring the Redbud Trail Rendezvous is one of the first outdoor events of the
season. This event is brimming with frontier history and often brings surprises for
the participants and public. Over a hundred historic re-enactors set up camps and
live outdoors for the event, demonstrating traditional crafts, frontier life ways, and
pioneer skills such as cooking over wood fires, and tomahawk throwing. The event
is educational and fun, showing authentic history as re-enacted by real people.
Historic camps portray Revolutionary War to Civil War, making this a pre-1865
event. New this year we will have silversmith Jeff Chowning, Veedersburg,
Ind., and Cordwaining by Casey Samson, Lebanon, Ind. People dressed in authentic
pre-1865 outfits demonstrate many traditional crafts. Crafts include flint knapping,
bow making, beadwork, spinning and weaving, leather, basket weaving , wood
carving, blacksmith, blade smith, scrimshaw, fingerweaving, cordwaining and much
Performing at the program tent both days will be Mark Gropp with bagpipe music,
and Liza and Mark Woolever – music and songs, Indian dances and drum by Indiana
Hawk Band Shadow Sept, Marsha Glassburn, Rochester, Native American Indian
storyteller; David Morningstar, Tippecanoe, Native Living; Shirley Willard – Trail of
Death caravan of 2013. Also Saturday only - Kim Hoover, Star City; and Sunday only -
Shirley Needham, Rochester, will show birds from their wildlife rehabilitation.
Foods cooked over wood fires will include ham and beans, vegetable stew,
buffalo burgers, fish, sassafras tea, and breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy -
Fulton County Historical Society booth; and homemade fudge and cookies - Mark
Gropp, Orland, Ind.
Because the Farmers Market will be in the museum Sat. morning, the north gate to
the rendezvous will be by the round barn. Also at the south gate, located off Meridian
Road, admission will be collected before they park. The Fulton County Museum,
Round Barn Museum and buildings in the Living History Village will be open for
people to view.
Volunteers can earn free admission to the Redbud Trail Rendezvous by working
half a day. To volunteer, call the museum at 574-223-4436. Free parking is provided
on FCHS grounds. The grounds are handicapped accessible.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Schedule Apr. 26-27, 2014
In Living History Village by the Round Barn – Sat. & Sun.
Schedule for both days unless otherwise stated: Subject to change.
Programs in Program Tent:
10:00 (Sunday only) – Frontier Worship non-denominational service – Darlene
Dehaai, Twelve Mile, Ind.
11:00-11:30 Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind. – Bagpipe music.
11:30-12:00 Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich.,, Civil War Loomis Battery.
12:00-12:30 Margo Moore & Nan Edwards, Watervliet, Michigan - Travois dogs.
12:30-1:00 David Morningstar, Tippecanoe, Ind. – Native Living and Pow Wows
1:00-1:30 Shirley Willard, Rochester - Potawatomi Trail of Death caravan of 2013
1:30-2:30 Kim Hoover – Birds of Prey – Sat. only
Shirley Needham – Hawks – Sun. only
2:30-3:00 Mark & Liza Woolever, Plymouth – music sing-along and dance for
children of all ages
3:00-4:00 Indiana Hawk Band Shadow Sept – led by Blue Fox, Indian drum,
Indian dances & stories – participants will tell about their heritage and outfits.
Mark & Liza Woolever – strolling musicians – various times
Marsha Glassburn, Rochester – Native American Indian storyteller - various times
Thomas & Bonnie Marusek, Coldwater, Mich., Civil War History – all day at
camp by General Store.
Traditional Crafts demonstrated and sold by:
Jeff & Larry Chowning, Veedersburg – handmade historic trade silver.
Bruce Eltzroth, Lagro, & Dana Farmer, Wabash – children’s games & toys
Thomas Hess, Fort Wayne – walking sticks & canes
Steve Kirkpatrick, Niles, MI – wood carver
Jeff Lauber, Columbus Junction, Iowa – rope making
Kevin Martin, Logansport – cannon demonstrations
Samson Family Cordwaining, Lebanon, Ind. – leather drinking vessels.
Sandy Strader, Hebron – quilting
Mark Thomas, Markle – blacksmith
John E Timmons, Logansport – sash weaving
Cindy Walter, Lakeville – leather sewing & basket weaving - in white Polke house
Bill Willard, Rochester – fingerweaving and goat milk soap, Potawatomi books
- in Jail building
Nicole Willis, Argos – spinning
Jeff White, Peru – bladesmith
Foods cooked over wood fires
in the Living History Village south of Round Barn.
Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. – buffalo burgers, fish, ham & beans, cornbread, vegetable
stew, lemonade, coffee, sassafras tea. Breakfast: biscuits and sausage gravy.
Mark Gropp, Orland, Ind. – fudge and cookies. – in General Store (green house)
Funding from this event helps to keep the museum open and preserve history. Have
a great day at the Redbud!
Photos available upon request.
|Fulton County Historical Society
Admission is $3 for adults ages 12 and
older, kids 11 and under free. Proceeds
enable the historical society to operate the
museum and preserve history.
There is no admission charge to see the
Fulton County Museum at the north end of
the grounds. Volunteers can earn free
admission to the Redbud Trail Rendezvous
by working half a day. To volunteer, call
the museum at 574-223-4436. Free
parking is provided on FCHS grounds. The
grounds are handicapped accessible.
Plenty of free benches are available to sit