The 3rd Annual Fort Nisqually Site Celebration will be held in DuPont, Sunday, August 23rd from noon to 4pm. The DuPont Historical Society and Museum is partnering with the Nisqually Tribe to host the event. The event takes place on the original 1843 Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Nisqually Site on Center Drive, across the street from the new Civic Center in DuPont.
This year’s celebration will include a Salmon Bake, prepared by Nisqually Tribal members, a viewing of a Nisqually Tribal Canoe and a ceremonial blessing by Tribal Elder Joe Kalama. Other activities and attractions include Native American Dancers, an “Archeology Dig” for Kids and other activities, guided tours by historian Drew Crooks, Music by Old-time Fiddlers, Antique gun display, historic Re-Enactors in costume, Ezra Meeker’s 1906 Oregon Trail Wagon, wood-carving demonstrations and more.
Admission is Free and Open to the public – Seating is limited, bring your own lawn chair. The Salmon Bake is $10 for adults, $5 for kids or bring a picnic lunch. For more information contact Johanna Jones, museum 253-964-2399 or Lee McDonald 253-267-5267.
The site is owned by the Archeological Conservancy. It still contains reminders of the British owned Hudson Bay settlement and the people who lived there, including black locust trees that were planted by Hudson Bay employees, a cemetery, and the outline of the original Fort.
The Fort’s buildings were moved and recreated at Point Defiance in 1934. Many Nisqually Tribal members are descendants of the employees who worked at the Hudson Bay settlement.
For more history and information about the Hudson Bay Company and Fort Nisqually, contact the museum 253-964-2399 or visit the DuPont Historical Society and Museum website.