[Photo Gallery] Mustering at Mabee Farm

War of 1812 reenactment stages battles on land and water

Photo by John Purcell.

— The Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on Saturday, Sept. 22, and the following day hosted a muster recognizing the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The farm was transformed into an encampment with reenactors holding rifles and cannons awaiting action.

On Sunday afternoon, a group of reenactors walked down to the docks and boarded boats that had smaller cannons at the bow. After two boats sailed a short way down the Mohawk River, a cannon battle ensued with troops on land.

Once the land-to-water skirmish was completed, troops moved to an adjacent field to battle. A few soldiers took cover behind trees as a barrage of rifle and cannon fire continued. Soon the soldiers were consumed by a thick cloud of smoke as shots continued until victory was declared.

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