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Battle of Stoney Creek at the Battlefield House Museum and Park (Stoney Creek)

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March Break

Time Travel at its Best

We noticed the military encampment with its small white tents facing the Battlefield Museum. Women under umbrellas gathered around campfires in their long dresses, while soldiers practiced formations. Costumed children played with antique toys, and Native Warriors, in full make-up regalia, all added a touch of authenticity. We were deep in 1813, during the re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek. All of them are there for the sole pleasure of acting. We learned that tents with open doors mean you can sneak in to admire the historic furniture and artefacts, and that powder bullets make a muffled sound as they're shot during military drills. There's lots of firing and artillery shots during the re-enactment. The noise creates quite an atmosphere and many soldiers are "dying" on the "job". Near the battlefield was an amusing section with old-fashioned games (for a small fee): " fishing pond, wooden muskets firing rubber bands, wooden frames to entrap prisoners' head and hands. Last time we visited, we could climb up the high monument on the site, get a cookie in the museum's kitchen, see shooting demonstrations and catch horse and wagon rides.

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