Ancient skills on display at Pine River historic encampment
1840s Buckskinner Encampment brings local history back to life each year.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.