Historical re-enactments bring history alive in a way that no book or history lesson can. Planning an RV trip to attend a re-enactment is an opportunity to spend the day or weekend immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of another era. It’s also a great way to introduce your children or grandchildren to some of the most important events in our nation’s history in a way that will make a memorable impression.

If you’re never experienced a re-enactment or are already a fan, pack up your motorhome and take the family to see one of the exciting fall re-enactments listed below. RV campgrounds are usually located nearby. Quite a few re-enactors travel by RV so keep an eye out; you may meet some re-enactors around camp.

Oct. 4-5: Fall Traders Encampment, Bartlesville, OK. Held on the grounds of the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve,¬†the authentic 1840’s trader camp showcases pioneer and Indian lifestyles and customs. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, leather crafting, storytelling and knife throwing will be features. Enjoy¬†period music and sample food from the traders’ campfires.

Oct. 5-6: 23rd Annual J.E.B. Stuart Civil War Reenactment and Living History Weekend at Laurel Hill, Ararat, VA. One of the country’s most noteworthy Civil War re-enactments takes place at the birthplace of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, General Robert E. Lee’s cavalry commander. Battles will be staged both days. Other features include an 1800s fashion show, candlelight tour, Sunday morning church service, string music, a Saturday night dance, Black Rose memorial services and food vendors.

Nov. 6-10: 64th Annual 49ers Encampment, Death Valley, CA. Experience the heady days of the 1849 Gold Rush and learn about the hardships endured by early California pioneers. The encampment will feature gold panning, a western art show, photograph and craft show, old-time and western music, horseshoe tournaments, wagon train and horse parades, chuck wagon vittles and the World’s Lowest 1849 Poker Tournament.

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