Plattsburgh, NY — Festivities for the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Event are coming into view.

The event will run from September 8-11, with a parade, re-enactments and exhibits that recreate what it was like during the War of 1812. Visitors can experience 19th century trades, like blacksmithing, herbal medicine and candle making; attend a period-dress ball; enjoy hands-on crafts, face painting and farm animals; and sip on a beer brewed specially for the commemoration.

The event has been consistently held since the late 1990s, but this is the first time in three years many of the bands and teen actors are able to attend. Organizers say the goal is to raise awareness about the Battle of Plattsburgh and it’s importance to U.S. history.

“What happened in Plattsburgh in so important for the history of the United States but so few people know about it,” said Tom Donahue. “What happened in Plattsburgh probably changed the course of our whole country and it’s our job to bring that history to life.”

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