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17th Century Encampment

Visit the Pequot Museum farmstead on June 23 & 24, 2017 for a unique chance to experience Native American and European life in the 17th Century! Native, English, Dutch, and French reenactors will portray different aspects of daily life (circa 1600-1700) outdoors for two full days. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including wampum making, cooking, militia drills, cannon drills, basket making, pottery, archery, lacrosse, children’s games and much more. See living history displays from the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philips War (1675-1677) period. There will also be live cooking demonstrations, a stone tool workshop where visitors can make their own arrowheads and special food dishes available in the museum restaurant. Learn how to make an arrow, corn husk dolls, dip candles, and see how pottery was made three hundred years ago.


Daily admission to this event is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the museum. A general admission ticket must be purchased for each day of the event.

If you are a Museum Member, there is no additional cost to attend this event.


Friday, June 23, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:30pm 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:30pm 


Talk & Walk – Discovering Monhantic Fort – Kevin McBride

Join Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research, for a guided tour of a King Philip’s War era Pequot fort located on the reservation in walking distance from the museum.  The Monhantic Fort site was discovered in 1992 by Dr. McBride and remains on the most pristine remains of a Native fort from the period.  The tour includes an introduction by Kevin McBride in the Monhantic Fort exhibit followed by a short hike to the forts location to discuss archaeological field methods, findings, and the significance of this unique site.

Please be prepared for a moderate hike through the woods by wearing appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.


Friday, June 23, 2017 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Members-only Archaeology Labs Tour – Kevin McBride & Dave Naumec

Join us for a special members-only tour with Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research, and Dave Naumec, historian at the Pequot Museum. See newly recovered 17th Century Pequot War artifacts from the Battle of Mistick Fort and join us for an insider's look into our latest projects. Don't wait! Space is very limited.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm 


Training Day - Drill with the Colonial Militia – Salem Trayned Band

It’s Training Day at Mashantucket!  Fall in with a Massachusetts Bay Militia unit, the Salem Trayned Band, and learn the school of the solider.  Participants will drill with the militia and learn basic 17th Century “Pike and Shot” tactics which were employed during the Pequot War, the English Civil War, and in the early months of King Philip’s War.  Do not miss this unique opportunity to experience early colonial militia drills and practice English pike exercises! 

Limited to 25 participants. This program will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately.


Friday, June 23, 2017 from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm;  2:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Native Foods Cooking Demonstration – Leah Hopkins (Eastern Niantic) 

Eastern Niantic tribal member Leah Hopkins will demonstrate open fire cooking with traditional Native foods.  Learn the foods that Native people prepared and ate and learn open hearth cooking techniques!

Time:  All Day