Engagement at Bradley - War of 1812 

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When - Where - What - Why of The Engagement at Bradley 2017 (For Everyone)

The Engagement at Bradley is the first of a bi-annual tradition (so a tradition in the making!) where every two years, Heritage Mississauga will present amn 1812 living history event at a location within Mississauga.

This event, The Engagement at Bradley - 1812, will be two days of demonstrations, mock battles, historic merchants and artisans setting up shop, and a War of 1812 encampment that people can tour from 11am until 4pm.

There is a nomimal fee to attend as a spectator (Adult $6.00 +tax, Child 3-12 $4.80 +tax, Student/Senior $4.80 +tax. and Family :up to 5 people: $15.00 +tax,) and it's free for volunteers, interpreters, and reenactors.

The event takes place at The Bradley Museum Complex, located at 1620 Orr Rd, Mississauga, Ontario.

For information on the museum, please visit their website at... https://culture.mississauga.ca/venu/bradley-museum

The museum is located East of Southdown Rd., South of Lakeshore Rd. West.

It is a about a 30 minute drive from Toronto and a 40 minute drive from Hamilton. (Estimates from Google...)

At times, yes... It will include musket and cannon demonstrations, but these are timed... please check the schedule upon entering if this is a concern.

Members of the public do not need to worry about registering... dressing up is entirely up to you, (you may want to look for new outfits at our historic merchants!) but modern clothes are welcome when it comes to the public!

Entrance fees are handled on site at the door by the museum.

(Reenactors and participants do need to register...)

Right now, we are working on this... the best answer we can give is "most likely", but we will know more closer to the first week of October.

Space will be limited, but yes, if you can find a spot outside the camp (in the nearby park spaces,) it isn't a problem. Please treat the site respectfully and keep the museum, park, and grounds clean!

The event is open to the public Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11am until 5pm.

Mercifully not... but the site has some big connections... one to the Napoleonic era and several to the War of 1812.

Firstly, the Anchorage House on site was the home of retired British Navy Commander John Skynner who was a serving officer during the war with the French in the latter days of the 1700's and early 1800's, who retired to this house... "I have retired…Here I will rest; this is my anchorage." he said in his journals.

As well as Commander Skynner, Lewis Bradley (the museum's namesake and whose home is in the complex,) was main adjutant at the outset of the war of The 2nd York Regiment of Militia and many in his family served during the war.

...so indeed, there is a very strong historical connection to the museum and the wars of the Napoleonic period... but thankfully, Clarkson was unmolested by the ravages of the war.

Yes! Absolutely!

It is a battle reenacment event, but there will also be much more happening on site to take in... from historic merchants and craftspeople to historical displays to touring the buildings!

Yes. We are planning on doing this every two years... so the next event will be in 2019.

If you can't wait until 2019, please go to the Crown Forces 1812 website and look through the calendar of events found there... http://crownforces.ca/index.php/events-calendar

Directions and information on how to get to the event. (For Everyone)

FROM THE 401 -

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

FROM THE QEW -

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway/Southdown Road and go South (along Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

FROM HAMILTON (avoiding highways) -

Take York Blvd. to Plains Rd. and turn right. Follow Plains Rd. to Brant St. and turn right.  Follow Brant St. to Lakeshore Rd. and turn left.  Follow Lakeshore Rd. until it becomes Southdown Rd. and follow for about 1.5km.  Turn Left at Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

FROM THE 401 -

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

FROM THE QEW -

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway/Southdown Road and go South (along Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

FROM TORONTO (avoiding highways) -

Take Lakeshore Blvd. all the way until it becomes Lakeshore Rd. East and eventually Lakeshore Rd. West. Turn Left on Meadow Wood Rd. and follow 1it to Orr Rd.  Turn right and the site will be immediately on the left-hand side of the road.

FROM THE 401 -

From the 410, 407, or the 404, take the 401 West...

From 8, take the 401 East...

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

From Clarkson Go Station, take the Mississauga Transit 23 bus East and hop off at Meadow Wood Rd. - Walk South to Orr Rd. (about twenty minutes at a normal step) and turn left. The camp and museum will be on your right.

 

...or...

From Clarkson Go Station, take the Mississauga Transit 29 bus South on Southdown Rd. which will turn East on Orr Rd. - Hop off at Inverhouse Dr. - Walk East along Orr Rd. (about eighteen minutes at a normal step) and the camp and museum will be on your right.

 

Beyond this, cab or "Uber" would be the best options.

Mississauga Taxi
(905) 277-7777

All Star Taxi Service Inc.
(905) 602-0000

Blue & White Taxi
(905) 274-4444

For those wishing to stay close, but not camp, a list of close-at-hand options... (For Everyone)

Heritage Mississauga and Bradley Museum cannot endorse or recommend any businesses as such, but here is a list of close-at-hand hotels and motels to the site listed...

PLEASE NOTE - Caveat Emptor... Please do check through online ratings and review sites like TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Kayak to see if the choice is right for you...

Clarkson Village Motel -
1815 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J 1J7
(905) 822-6110

Admiral Inn & Suites -
2161 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A3
(905) 403-9777

Hampton Inn by Hilton Toronto-Mississauga West -
2085 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1S6
(905) 823-8600

Holiday Inn Toronto-Mississauga
2125 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A3
(905) 855-2000


Via Air BnB... Air BnB for Clarkson near the Museum - WEB LINK ONLY

Information about arrival and set-up of the camps and displays. (Mix of answers that will help reenactors and the general public)

There is limited amount of parking at the museum itself (about twenty spaces) and in addition, there is an unreserved parking lot (35 spaces available) near the site off Apple Lane (South of the event site) -- we are working on equipment transportation from this site to the camps.

(When information is updated on this, we will be adding it here, so please check back.)

This South lot is not on the regular security patrol for the museum, but for reenactors staying overnight, you can move your vehicles to the museum's parking area overnight if you prefer... provided the laneway is not blocked. (Space here must be on a "first come, first serve" basis.)

Street parking is allowed on Orr Rd. during daylight hours, but is not allowed overnight.

 



IF YOU REQUIRE ACCESSIBLE PARKING, please let us know and we will work to accommodate your requirements.  (Please send your information to us at 2017@engagement1812.com or give the information over the phone to a representative of Heritage Mississauga and let them know it's about accessible parking at Bradley for the event and they will forward the information for you to the coordinators. (905) 828-8411

Camp and merchant set-up can start at 10am on Friday, October 20th.

Camp set-up can continue Saturday morning until 10:45am.

Vehicles will be allowed to enter the site between these hours (10am Friday through 10:45am Saturday) but please note - the laneway must not be blocked and the parking lot on the site is limited in capacity... so please be kind to your fellow reenactors.

Sunday, tear-down can begin at 5:00pm.  The site must be emptied by 6:30pm on Sunday.

Vehicles will be allowed on site between 5:15pm and 6pm.

 

Of course, there will likely be colleagues in the camp all night (which is one layer of protection,) but in addition, the site has some security cameras placed around the camp and is patrolled with regularity (once every 30 minutes to an hour) with a "drive-in" security company.

The battles, scrimmages, and other things that will be happening. (Mix of answers that will help reenactors and the general public)

Of course!

Due to noise restrictions, we are limited to keeping noisey things between Noon and 4pm, but we do plan on squeezing in a scrimmage and battle on Saturday and Sunday.

The best we can say is "maybe".  We have been asked to keep things fairly tightly scheduled and our space is limited.  Please contact greg@2ndyork.com (Greg Carraro) to see if something can be planned/worked out. 

(If the request comes AFTER October 1st, it's likely a "no".)

We are always interested in people wishing to help teach about the period we reenact! Please contact greg@2ndyork.com (Greg Carraro) with the details...

If you do not make the request before October 1st, we cannot promise there can be any space or time set aside for special demonstrations or the like.

Yes!

Please understand we do need to watch noise levels though, so firing may be limited... Contact greg@2ndyork.com (Greg Carraro) for details.

At the moment, no... and we do not see this changing.  Heritage Mississauga is looking into keeping the event 100% free for merchants and sutlers.

Provided it does not impede access to the camp, (ie: set up close to your tent without cutting off access) yes.

Bradley Museum is charging an entrance fee... public hours for this event will be 11am until 5pm.

Entrance fees are as posted...

Adult $6.00 +tax
Student/Senior $4.80 +tax
Child 3-12 $4.80 +tax
Family (up to 5 people) $15.00 +tax

 


 


 
 

 

How to register to be a part of the event. (For reenactors and merchants only)

Provided you're an active reenactor (with insurance) then just surf to...

http://engagement1812.com/goto/register

...and fill out the form there.

If this is impossible or you're having trouble, please contact Matthew Didier at bradleyregistration@2ndyork.com

...or ask someone at Heritage Mississauga to contact Matthew Didier of the 2nd York Militia for you with information on how to register "offline". (905) 828-8411

Easy! Please surf to...

http://engagement1812.com/index.php/sutlers-and-merchant

...and ensure you read that page carefully and fill out the form found there.

This will likely mean you will not be elligible for meals and guaranteeing camping space and firewood are unlikely... but please contact Greg Carraro at greg@2ndyork.com and ask for help...

We CANNOT guarantee anything for those that do not register on time... sorry...

Provided the guests and family will be interpreting the period 1812 (ie: dressed in period appropriate attire,) just include them on your registration form...  (There is an option to add people there...)

Period dressed interpreters who accompany sutlers and reenactor that are registered as such are considered volunteers or guests and are not charged entrance fees... but must register with Heritage Mississauga once on site!

See above ("I'm a reenactor" or "I'm a sutler") for more details on registering.

No... provided you treated/treat it as any other reeanctment, NO SPECIAL considerations are necessary in terms of insurance.

Information on available food, cooking, and fires. (For reenactors and merchants only)

Sadly, due to the museum's infrastructure and other concerns, no...

HOWEVER...

There is a communal fire pit near the Native Allies camp and any above ground fire options (as period correct as possible, please,) is welcome... so braziers and the like are permitted.

Yes.

Currently, the plan is to provide some breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning.  We cannot promise any special menus as yet, so please check back often to see what we will be serving.

Lunches and dinners - currently - will be up to the individual unit or reenactor to provide.

Should this change, we will update this FAQ ASAP.

PLEASE NOTE that the museum is situated near several nice pubs and restaurants all within a quick drive.  If you need pointers to some options, please reach out to Greg Carraro via email at greg@2ndyork.com with any details you need.

Despite being limited to braziers and the one fire pit, yes, we will be providing firewood for your braziers.

Between 11am and 5pm, the buildings will be open. We are working at ensuring there is some space into the evening too that will be available... please check back by mid-October to find out more.

Information on timing and facilities in terms of getting ready to head home after the event. (For reenactors and merchants only)

Yes, after 6pm please... and vehicles may be requested to stay in the laneway or parking area on Saturday, but we are working on a way to get things from the camp to cars.  Please check back often or contact Matthew Didier at matthew@crownforces.ca for details.

7pm, please.  (Tear-down can begin at 5:00pm...)