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1812 Weekend

  • Genesee Country Village & Museum (map)

Even though it had been nearly thirty years since the end of the American Revolution, our newly formed nation was still struggling to identify itself and to decide its future. The period of 1811-1820, referred to as the Regency Era because King George III of England was deemed unfit to rule (and his son or Regent ruled in his place), was one of growth in the American States. This was especially true in Upstate New York, as new businesses popped up in towns all across the region. Shopkeepers, artisans, and craftsmen were busy making and selling supplies to the military and to their neighbors in villages - just like our 60+ historic structure museum at Genesee Country Village. 


In 1812, New York was the center of activity in our new nation, but the center of a deadly war as well. GCV&M will bring history alive with a peek at life in this exciting time - the utterly cool age of figures such as Dolly Madison and Jane Austen! Look at both sides of the coin during this weekend that features everything from battalions to ball dresses, music to military brass.

The Historic Village Is Transformed

Museum staff and dozens of re-enactors from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Indiana, and Massachusetts will collaborate to bring the Regency era of American history to life June 22 & 23. Re-enactors will model historic fashions, speak to the era's interesting (and sometimes bazaar) medicinal practices at the museum's apothecary, and much more!

Military Demonstrations Daily

Throughout the weekend, the US military forces will offer weapons demonstrations and militia marches. 

10:00am-4:00pm each day.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Online tickets:

General Admission Pricing: $22 Adults, $19 Seniors, $19 College Students, $14 Youth (4-17), FREE Youth (3 and under). All GCV&M members are FREE

Earlier Event: June 8
Roaring ’20s High Tea
Later Event: December 13
Christkindlmarkt at Dill’s Tavern