Primitive Rendezvous: Regional event to bring the frontier to life at Seven Eagles June 23-28

GRAND RAPIDS — Frontier Ohio is to come life Saturday through June 28 at Seven Eagles Historical Education Center, Grand Rapids, when re-enactors from throughout Ohio and as far away as Florida converge in Wood County to take part in the Friends of the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous.

The entire camp is to be open to visitors 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through June 25. Visitors can see a primitive encampment of people living as early pioneers, hear period music, learn about history, tour the site’s historic buildings and shop at stores to buy historical items.

“This is a great place to bring your family,” said event leader Jaret Nye of Bowling Green. “Adults and kids can learn about history and see how people lived when this part of Ohio was the frontier.”

Happening throughout the days will be demonstrations of frontier skills.

“There will be people cooking over campfires, dipping candles, operating a blacksmith forge, shooting muzzleloaders and probably throwing tomahawks and doing other things like sewing and spinning yarn,” Nye said.

Periodic tours of the historic buildings at Seven Eagles are to be available, including a 200-year-old pioneer cabin and homestead; the Catfish Inn, a reproduction Scottish inn; a French trapper’s cabin; and a Native American longhouse.

On the stage, the schedule for Saturday begins at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the Battle of Fallen Timbers by Pat Stephens with the 1st Sub Legion of the United States, a partner of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission, Maumee. He plans to talk about uniforms of the battle, the importance of the battle and ravine area of the battlefield.

Also Saturday, visitors can hear period music on the stage all afternoon. Period musicians expected to take part during the week are “Buffalo Woman” Jane Cassidy of Virginia, Hand Hewn of Delta, Amie and Bruce Brodie of Oregon, Ohio, Steve Keefer of Sidney and others.

Events of June 24 are to begin at 10 a.m. with an old-time church service conducted by Mike Kaufman of Defiance, who portrays a frontier preacher.

A muzzleloader shooting demonstration is set for 11 a.m. next Sunday as well as period music on the stage.

At 1 p.m. next Sunday, visitors may watch rendezvous participants take part in Highland Games, a rendition of Scottish contests in which men wearing kilts and also women compete in contests of skill and strength such as the caber toss, the sheaf pitch and the haggis toss.

Featured presenter for June 25 is Carol Jarboe of Woodburn, Kentucky, who is to tell her first-person story at 11 a.m. She portrays Maggie Delaney, an Irish indentured servant in the 1700s.

Visitors later in the week may visit a portion of the encampment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26-28. Tours are to be available on request, and shopping is available at period stores. Various educational programs also are planned.

Food and beverages are to be available all week.

Admission is $3 per person ages 13 and older, and free for children ages 12 and younger.

Seven Eagles is at 16486 Wapakoneta Road, Grand Rapids, one mile north of US 6 and one mile south of the town of Grand Rapids.

For more information, search Friends of the Old Northwest Public Days on Facebook. Text Nye at (419) 966-5382, email or visit the event Facebook page by searching 2018 Friends of the Old Northwest Rendezvous.

Schedule of events:


11 a.m. – Pat Stephens, Fallen Timbers presentation

Noon-3 p.m. – Period music


10 a.m. – Old-time church service

11 a.m. – Storyteller/period music

11 a.m. – Muzzleloader Shooting Demo

1 p.m. – Highland Games


10 a.m. – Cooking with cast iron educational program

11 a.m. – Maggie Delaney – Life as an Indentured Servant

12:30-3 p.m. – Period music


Music, tours and educational demonstrations