Civil War Re-Enactment, History Detectives Camps Slated

Jamestown’s own Civil War training camp, Camp Brown, will be held the week of July 15-19 from 1-4 p.m.

Gen. Dan Sickles, portrayed by re-enactor Greg Johnson, will be returning as camp commandant, and several other Civil War re-enactors will be visiting the camp throughout the week to teach about life in the army of the 1860s. Recruits will gain hands-on experience as Union soldier trainees while learning about the infantry, artillery, medical corps and other Union army units. Camp Brown is open to students who have completed fourth through seventh grades. The cost is $50, plus $15 for equipment issued to new recruits. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.


Archaeology will be the topic of the History Detective Summer Camp held the week of Aug. 12-16 from 1-4 p.m. This year, students will have the opportunity to visit a real archaeological dig in the Fenton History Center’s backyard. They’ll learn more about what it all entails through education room activities and shadowing JCC anthropology students who will be participating in this summer’s dig. They will also visit the River Walk in Brooklyn Square guided by Sam Genco to learn what “treasures” he has found diving in the Chadakoin River. Their experiences will culminate in trying their hand at the skills they’ve learned such as “screening” the soil in an effort to discover clues to what that area of the property may have been used for when the Fenton family lived there. The Archaeology Camp is open to students who have completed fourth through seventh grades. The cost is $50. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

Junior History Detectives Camp for students entering grades 1-3 will be held July 30 to Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The camp will focus on archaeology and introduce the students to the Fenton History Center dig happening this summer. The students will also learn about treasures from the Chadakoin River. The cost is only $30, and space is limited.

To sign up or for more information, call the Fenton History Center at 664-6256 or log on to for more information.