In May 1814 the settlements at Port Dover and Port Ryerse were raided by American troops … 200 years later Port Dover Harbour Museum is telling the story with a military skirmish at Port Dover beach, with lectures and a documentary screening on May 7, 15, 16, 17.
Tonight, Wednesday, May 7, as part of the museum’s bicentennial plans, author Zig Misiak will lecture on ‘The Raids of General MacArthur’ in this area during the War of 1812-14. He will be speaking in the museum beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person.
On Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. filmmaker Zach Melnick will screen ‘A Desert Between Us’ in Port Dover Harbour Museum. This documentary details the plundering of Norfolk, Haldimand Counties and other areas during the War of 1812-14. The filmmaker will answer questions following the screening. Tickets are $5 per person.
The following evening, May 16, those in attendance at the museum will discover the “cutting edge” medicine of 1812 with “Dr. Dunnfore”. This presentation will show reproduction uniforms, surgical instruments and weapons of the war 200 years ago. Admission is $5 per person.
Military skirmish on beach
Plans for Saturday, May 17 indicate an exciting program centred on the Burning of Dover Mills in May 1814.
Port Dover Harbour Museum’s bicentennial event begins at 1 p.m. with an assortment of cannons, musket firing and military skirmishes on the beach at Walker Street, including a bonfire.
In the evening a pig roast will be held (representing the invading American troops slaughtering livestock during the raid) followed with music by Ian Bell and Geoff Somers. Tickets at $23 are available at the museum.