Ancient skills on display at Pine River historic encampment

1840s Buckskinner Encampment brings local history back to life each year.

Weaving demonstration
Katie Velardi follows along in a weaving demonstration by Nancy Szenay during the 1840s Buckskinner Encampment on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at Forbes Park in Pine River.
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PINE RIVER — The 1840s Buckskinner Encampment in Pine River once again brought rustic U.S. history to life Sept. 9-11 at Forbes Park in Pine River during the annual Heritage Days celebration.

Serving stew
Chris Crosby and Kelly Crosbydish up stew at the "Settler's Stew" on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 at Forbes Park in Pine River. The stew was served in conjunction with the annual 1840s Bucskinner's Encampment featuring the skills and lifestyle demonstrations of rustic life in the United States.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The event featured displays of primitive camping, demonstrations of skills once important to early settlers and sale of vintage and handmade goods the likes of which are not found in stores.

Playing in water basin
Bruce Krecklau plays in a water basin Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at the Buckskinner Encampment at Forbes Park in Pine River.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Flint knapping, rope making, fire starting, open fire cooking and much more were on display in the small traveling community that popped up overnight.

As has become tradition, free stew was available from the Forbes Park shelter starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 10. The stew, now named Settlers Stew, was served by volunteers from Pine River State Bank in a collaboration with Cass Company Insurance. Donations were accepted, which benefited the Pine River Area Food Shelf.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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