Three events, separated by more than 200 years, are coming together on the historic site of Fort Cumberland as the 2022 Wills Creek Muster at Cumberland’s Heritage Days.
Situated at the confluence of the Potomac River and Will’s Creek on Nemacolin’s Trail, Fort Cumberland was constructed in 1754. It was a significant place in the French and Indian War and in the life and career of George Washington. Washington was there frequently in the 1750s and returned in 1794 to review militia troops mustered during the Whiskey Rebellion. His Whiskey Rebellion Headquarters Cabin still stands. Beautiful Emmanuel Church was built of stone in the 1850s on top of the Fort Cumberland Parade Grounds.
Heritage Days is a well-established festival attracting over 10,000 people each year on the streets and sidewalks of the Washington Street Historic District and Downtown Cumberland. Located within two hours from the nation’s capital, this is your chance to reach new audiences and participate in fun and educational experience during the 52nd edition of this long running promotion.
With premier East Coast reenactors committed to portray George Washington and other 18th century personages, the Wills Creek Muster will feature four unique activities in association with Heritage Days.
- • Military March Walkabouts through Prospect Square and back
- • President Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion review of militia units
- • Free Saturday period-style meal, compliments of the host committee
- • Sunday 18th Century in-kit service in historic Emmanuel Church
In short, the event organizing committee is committed to creating a unique new experience for the hobby and professional 18th century market fair community that will grow into one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most popular heritage weekends. We are looking forward to your participation and input as we embark on this exciting endeavor.