Step back in time at primitive rendezvous

Published 10:35 am Thursday, October 19, 2017

The blast of a muzzleloader, the aroma of stew cooking over a campfire and folks who look like they stepped out of a history book will greet visitors at the Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous.

The 36th annual event in rural Davie County is a weeklong reenactment of a rendezvous, where fur trappers, long hunters, American Indians and frontier families gathered to experience the way people lived in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Traders will sell a variety of supplies. It is sponsored by the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation.

“You’ll be able to walk through the encampment, talk to the people and see demonstrations of frontier skills,” said Booshway, Mickey Mikulis.

The public may visit from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, as well as Wednesday, Oct. 25. A donation of $5 per adult and children over age 13 is requested. The site is ADA compliant. Leave your pets at home. School Day is Tuesday, Oct. 24 with school groups admitted free. The Sutler/Trader area will be open for public sales every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

To reach the encampment, take US 601 North from Mocksville, and turn left onto Liberty Church Road (four miles from I-40). Travel six miles to Reavis Road, and turn right. The site is on the left at the Yadkin County line.

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