On Oct. 2-3, a colonial style encampment group will be set up at the Beckman Mill county park west of Beloit. The group will bring around 14 camps and each tent will interpret a phase of the life on the open frontier in the 1700s. The individuals will be role-playing as people from the later colonial period and early settlement period. One tent will have someone to discuss medicine and another to discuss weaponry. One will discuss blacksmith work. Some will discuss craft work and several will demonstrate cooking over an open fire.
The public is invited to visit the area from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission charge.
The event is presented by a group from Durand that had visited the Beckman Mill county park and expressed an interest in providing an event for the location. In season they work with other groups to provide encampment experiences in a variety of places such as Macktown and Old World Wisconsin.
Separate from the encampment area, the restored 1868 Beckman Mill will have regular drop-in tours inside the building from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, Oct. 2, will be the regular grinding day, when water from the mill pond is used for demonstration grinding of corn into corn meal using the old mill stones from the 1860s. A donation of $2 for adults is requested for the inside mill tour. Children are free.