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Rendezvous on the River


Spend a day as part of the frontier life at Rendezvous on the River. It’s a recreation of what pioneers and mountain men experienced daily.

"The history here is just tremendous,” says Dan’L Cain, a reenactor at the event.

Step back in time to an early 19th century encampment and see what life was like.

"Probably every trapper and trader -- Lincoln’s been across the island, there's been Boone, Crocket. They've all crossed this island at one time or another,” Cain says.

Immerse yourself in the lay of the land as the pioneers did.

"You actually get to see and feel how these people would live in this frontier, in their tents, and so it really puts into perspective the harsh life,” says Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Superintendent Matt Baker.

If you like history, the rendezvous is definitely a topic of conversation, while you're there and after.

"We have a group of probably 20 some odd camps here, of people doing from 1640 through 1840,” Cain says.

You'll see authentic camps, period dress and demonstrations reminiscent of the time.

"The rendezvous is when the frontiersmen would come together and do their fur trades and sales to each other,” Baker says. “So that's what this is reenacting here on the island, a pre-1840s fur trader rendezvous.”

The reenactors only recently set up camp on the island.

"We do not generally get an opportunity to camp, at an honest to goodness historical site,” Cain says.

If you've never gone, the rendezvous is an experience.

"Anyone that wants to come out, children, adults alike -- come on out,” Baker says. “Walk through their camps, they'll invite you in their tents and show you all their equipment."

For a little piece of history, the Rendezvous runs through Sunday.

Blennerhassett Island is only accessible by sternwheeler from Point Park. Tickets are available at the Blennerhassett Museum, Second and Juliana streets.

The first boat leaves at 11 a.m. and then every hour on the hour after that, with the last ferry at 4:00. It's $9 for adults/$7 for children 3-12.

The camp and demonstrations are free of charge.

Admission to Blennerhassett Mansion is $4 for adults/$2 for children 3-12.

Wagon rides are $5 for all ages.

The island is open 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday.


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