Alafia River Rendezvous

      Recreate with your family the feeling of one of the most colorful periods of American frontier history at the 43rd Annual Alafia River Rendezvous coming up in January.
      If you are interested is seeing what this country looked like more than 160 years ago, be sure to visit the encampment in Homeland, about four miles south of Bartow..
At the Alafia River Rendezvous, through an encampment of white canvas tents and teepees, you will see groups of rough-looking men dressed in buckskin and furs. Accompanying them are sturdy women sporting bonnets and ankle-length cotton dresses. From the other side of a nearby pine forest, rifle shots that sound like cannon fire reverberate. Making your way through the encampment, you hear the top 40 of 1840 - strains of music from the past coming from various tents. You can also see Native American ceremonial recreations and witness knife and hatchet throwing contests and demonstrations.
       The booths and tents along Trader’s Row offer interesting food and drinks prepared the frontier way. Merchants have available bolts of indigo-dyed cloth, buckskin and horn knives, early hand-carved wooden toys and dolls, moccasins and buckskin boots and anything and everything else you might be able to find in the American frontier lifestyle before 1840.
In the early days of America, a “rendezvous” was a pre-determined place and time set for fur trappers to meet up with fur traders, who provided goods from the East in exchange for beaver, rabbit and bear pelts. This kept the fur trapper from having to come all the way back to civilization to cash in his skins and furs.
      To the fur trapper, the rendezvous was like our present day state fair. It was a great time to socialize with other trappers and find out what is going on back home. The trapper would bring furs and trade them for what he needed for the coming year.  When the trading was over, it was time for fun. The rendezvous provided lots of entertainment – singing, dancing, horse races, foot races, target shooting, knife throwing and yarn telling.
      This gathering is one of the largest pre-1840 living history encampments. Participants and re-enactors set up and live in camps portraying and demonstrating life skills of various early American cultures – British, Irish, Scottish, Spanish and Native American.
At last year’s gathering, over 1,000 lodges were set up housing well over 1,600 people. Trader’s Row was host to more than 100 traders selling everything from kettle corn to tents to firearms and knives, to beads and sarsaparilla to skins and period clothing of all sorts.
      To reach the campgrounds, turn west on to CR 640 from Hwy. 17 at Homeland, located between Bartow and Fort Meade. At Azalea Street, turn south. Follow Azalea to the Rendezvous gate.
      For more information, or for a detailed map and directions, visit the website, www.floridafrontiersmen.org.

2013 Visitors Flyer

Alafia River Rendezvous Galler

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