After being down for some time, the Friends of Crysler's Farm Battlefield website is back and better than ever!
Our site now features updated histories of the battle and the monument, and a newly written history of the Battlefield Memorial Building (BMB) with photos of its various components and exhibits. There are also more photos throughout the site, mostly courtesy of the Upper Canada Village Archive.
The biggest addition by far is our "Archive" page, which has a variety of photo and document sources related to the battle, monument, and BMB. Most of the sources can be downloaded as PDFs or JPEG images, while others are links to free online resources.
The "News" section (where you currently are) will be the location for all future posts about what the Friends are up to. It also includes archived posts from our old site. You can search the posts by date or by category (such as "re-enactments" or "remembrance day").
To American re-enactors planning to attend the Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment next weekend:
If you have any questions in regards to current border restrictions, muskets, powder, and help related to the Arrive Can App, you are encouraged to contact the following numbers and speak to a superintendent.
Thousand Islands Bridge Crossing:
Direct Line: 613-659-2301
Prescott Bridge Crossing:
Direct Line: 613-925-4225
We look forward to having you join us!
There are just 10 more days until the re-enactment! We’ve got an exciting weekend planned – from a children’s muster and a regiment band, to period merchants and regency fashion displays. There’s something for everyone! Our full daily schedule and list of attractions can be found below:
DAILY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Post Re-enactment: Fire a cannon! “The Artillery Experience”: $75
includes: $25 FCFB membership and historical talk. Up to 5 participants
per “crew” with one touch off. Tickets available at the Administration
Tent. Four firings daily.
Sunday 11:00am: John Marsellis UE Plaque Unveiling Ceremony, Upper
Canada Village Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
Canteen Service by Riverside RA
Spring is on the horizon, which means summer isn’t far behind! Mark your calendars because the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment will return on the weekend of July 16th-17th, 2022. Check back soon for more details!
The Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment will return on July 16th and 17th, 2022. Re-enactor registration is now open.
We will be hosting our annual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th. Join us at 9:00 am to pay your respects to those who fell at Crysler’s Farm on November 11th 1813.
The ceremony is open to the public, but all guests must sign in onsite in accordance with the EOHU guidelines. You can also register before the event by emailing our secretary, Kim McInnis, at email@example.com with the number of people attending and contact information for each guest.
Masks must be worn if physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.
The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook for those who wish to join us digitally. If you miss the live video – no worries! It will also be available after the ceremony has ended.
Order of Service:
1) Welcome and Words….. Robert Irvine FCFB
2) Battle of Crysler’s Farm….. Historian Murray Barkley BA, MA
3) On Behalf of the Descendants of Those Who Fought….. Carol Thompson Goddard UE/FCFB
4) Words From the Re-enactment Community….. Capt. Mark Stubbs/49th Hertfordshire Regiment of Foot/ President FCFB
5) War of 1812 Prayer….. Reverend Daniel Hayward BA, MA, MDiv
6) Cannon Salute
7) Moment of Silence
8) Piper’s Lament….. Pipe Major Hugh Metcalfe/Royal Canadian Legion, Kemptville Branch 212
9) Cannon Salute
10) Laying of Wreaths
11) Closing: “When the Battle’s Over”….. Pipe Major Hugh Metcalfe
Wednesday, 11 November was a beautiful but windy morning. The Crysler’s Farm Remembrance Day Ceremony took place at the Crysler’s Farm monument next to Upper Canada Village, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many found themselves paying their respects from home this year. The recording of the ceremony is available for viewing from our Facebook page: watch it here.
We hope that you can all join us in person for next year’s ceremony!
This year, the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Remembrance Day Ceremony will look a little different. Due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the ceremony will be strictly by invitation only.
However, we will be live-streaming the ceremony on Facebook for those who wish to remember and honour the soldiers and allies who fought and died in this decisive battle 207 years ago.
The ceremony will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday 11 November 2020. Tune in to the livestream, which can be found on our Facebook page, to commemorate this date with us. If you cannot watch it live, the video will be accessible on our Facebook page and our website after the ceremony has ended.
The past several months have been an uncertain time for everyone as we all adapt to living in a world with COVID-19. On Monday, July 13th, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that as part of Stage 3 of the reopening process, some restrictions on gatherings are being lifted as of Friday, July 17th, 2020. Effective on that date, outdoor gatherings will be allowed a maximum of 100 people and are subject to physical distancing of at least two meters.
After much discussion and consideration for the safety of our members, Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield has decided to proceed with our Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held on Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at 11137 Rowena Road in Iroquois, Ontario. It will take place outdoors (weather permitting), with plenty of space for physical distancing. Face masks and face coverings are optional.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. Light refreshments will be available.