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Engagement at Bradley 2019
Participant Information

 

The event is organized by the 2nd York (Thompson’s Company) and Heritage Mississauga and is hosted at the Bradley Museum, located at 1620 Orr Road in Mississauga, Ontario.  It will be open to the public between 11 am and 5 pm on Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 2019.

The event is open to the public, with no registration required. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 16 are free.

 

If you plan to attend as a reenactor or vendor, please register here.

 

 
How to get to the site

Address: 1620 Orr Road, Mississauga

 

From The West:

FROM THE 401 -  Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

FROM THE QEW -  Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway/Southdown Road and go South (along Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

FROM HAMILTON (avoiding highways) - Take York Blvd. to Plains Rd. and turn right. Follow Plains Rd. to Brant St. and turn right.  Follow Brant St. to Lakeshore Rd. and turn left.  Follow Lakeshore Rd. until it becomes Southdown Rd. and follow for about 1.5km.  Turn Left at Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

From The East:

FROM THE 401 - Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

FROM THE QEW - Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway/Southdown Road and go South (along Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

FROM TORONTO (avoiding highways) - Take Lakeshore Blvd. all the way until it becomes Lakeshore Rd. East and eventually Lakeshore Rd. West. Turn Left on Meadow Wood Rd. and follow 1it to Orr Rd.  Turn right and the site will be immediately on the left-hand side of the road.

 

From The North:

From the 410, 407, or the 404, take the 401 West...

From 8, take the 401 East...

 

Exit the highway at Erin Mills Parkway to travel South (all the way along to Southdown). In 2.8km (about two miles - past Royal Windsor Dr.) turn left onto Orr Rd. Travel along Orr Rd. for about 1.3km (about a mile) and the museum is on your right.

 

Public Transit:

From Clarkson Go Station, take the Mississauga Transit 29 bus South on Southdown Rd. which will turn East on Orr Rd. - Hop off at Inverhouse Dr. - Walk East along Orr Rd. (about eighteen minutes at a normal step) and the camp and museum will be on your right.

Uber or a taxi from Clarkson Go might be recommended for most…

Event and Site Facts

Set on site is available after 11 am on Friday, October 18. Limited parking is available on-site overnight, as well as at an additional parking lot a short walk away. The event opens to the public at 11 am on both Saturday and Sunday, and all personal vehicles are to be off site in the nearby parking lot by 10:30 am on both days.

 

Bathroom facilities are indoors in the “barn”. Yes, there is one outhouse near the main fire pit, but this is a “prop building” only.

 

There are several historical connections with the museum and buildings with early 19th century military (War of 1812 and Nelson’s Navy), but no battles or scrimmages happened on the site (that we know of).

 

Both the Bradley House and The Anchorage were built circa 1830 and both were relocated to their current locations. The Bradley House remains on the historic Bradley property, but was originally located south of its current location and was relocated in 1965, and opened to the public in 1967. The Anchorage was originally on a nearby property to the west and moved here in 1978. The Log Cabin was originally built circa 1855 near Orangeville, and was relocated to Port Credit in 1967, and again moved in 2005 to the Bradley Museum site.

 

Lewis Bradley, the museum’s namesake and the name origin for the Bradley House, was the adjutant of the 2nd Regiment of York Militia (2nd York). The family of Lewis’ wife, Elizabeth (nee Merigold), are also represented in the muster lists and pay rolls for the 2nd York, with Thomas Merigold Senior and Junior both having served.

 

The Anchorage house on site was the retirement house of Commander John Skynner of the Royal Navy who fought in every major battle alongside Admiral Nelson save Trafalgar. Skynner retired to Upper Canada and the house proclaiming, “"Here I will rest; this is my anchorage."  The name stuck.

 
 
Public Event Schedule

Saturday

11:00 am – Open to the Public, Sutler’s Row Open (11-5)

11:15 am – Indigenous lifestyle during the War of 1812 (Lone Wolf’s Trading Post)

12:00 noon – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

1:00 pm – Regency Dancing (at Barn)

1:30 pm – Mini-Militia (meet at Log Cabin)

2:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration (Battlefield)

2:30 pm – Musket demonstration & public drill – 2nd York (Log Cabin Field)

2:45 pm – Popular Poetry from the War of 1812 (at Barn)

3:00 pm – Duels & duelling (Laneway)

3:30 pm – Regency Dancing (at Barn)

4:00 pm – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

 

Sunday

11:00 am – Open to the Public, Sutler’s Row Open (11-5)

11:15 am – Indigenous lifestyle during the War of 1812 (Lone Wolf’s Trading Post)

11:30 am – Regency Dancing (at Barn)

12:00 noon – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

1:00 pm –The Drums, Crown Forces 1812 (Laneway)

1:30 pm – Mini-Militia (meet at Log Cabin)

2:00 pm – Duels & duelling (Laneway)

2:30 pm – Musket demonstration & public drill – Canadian Volunteers (Log Cabin Field)

3:00 pm – The Drums, Crown Forces 1812 (Laneway)

3:30 pm – Popular Poetry from the War of 1812 (at Barn)

4:00 pm – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

 

Ongoing Activities & Animation (Saturday and Sunday):

“Find the Spy” challenge in the encampment

Crafts – Remember 11-11 Paint-a-poppy Program & Moccasin Identifier (at Log Cabin)

Royal Navy (to be held near their longboat, The Psyche, adjacent to the Log Cabin)

 
Schedule for reenactors
  • Friday, October 20th starting at 11am, you may come to the site and begin set-up of your camp if you desire.

 

Saturday, October 19

 

  • From dawn until 10:45am, you can drive in to the site and set-up camp. All cars that cannot be accommodated in the parking area near the barn must vacate the lane and driveway by 10:30 am. There is parking a short walk away (directions will be provided). Street parking is available between 10 am and 6 pm.

 

  • 1 meal ticket per day per participant will be provided. There will be a food vendor on site, and there are multiple restaurants a short drive away.

 

  • Officer’s Meeting at 10:45 am both days

 

  • Sutlers/Merchants/Demos can open/start at 11am (when site opens)

 

  • Parade Forms at 11:10am

 

  • Musket Inspection and Flag Raising: 11:10am – 11:30am

 

  • Battle Engagement (Battlefield) at 12:00 noon both days

 

  • Musket demonstration & public drill at 2:30 pm both days (Log Cabin Field)

 

  • Officer’s Meeting at 3:00 pm both days

 

  • Battle Engagement (Battlefield) at 4:00 pm both days

 

  • Site closes to the public at 5:00 pm both days (after battle)

 

  • Officer’s Meeting at 5:30 pm both days (if needed)

 

  • Vehicles – if needed – may come onto the property after 5:15 pm

 

  • Vehicles must not block the driveway at any time

 

 

 

 
Event Sponsors
On site contacts

Senior Officer for the Event: Greg Carraro (2nd York)

Aide to Mr. Carraro for Communication: Vlad Adamec and Cameron Scott (2nd York)

Heritage Mississauga organizer and site coordinator: Matthew Wilkinson & Jayme Gaspar (at main gate)

Camp Set-up and Assistance: 2nd York Company Members

Crown Forces RSM: Ewan Wardle

Senior American Forces Officer: Philip Edwards

Battlefield Narrator: Richard Feltoe

 

 

 

 
FAQ

Daytime parking on Orr Road is permitted during public hours for the event

 

REGISTRATION *AT* THE EVENT is not possible. Registrations must be received by Tuesday, October 15 in order to confirm participation, insurance details, and ensure space for tents, firewood, etc.

 

There is limited parking near the barn on site, but off public hours, cars are allowed in to the laneway to help set camps up. 

 

There is more parking South off of “Apple Lane”, less than 400 meters South of the site.

 

We have been asked not to drive on the grass.

 

We cannot dig fire pits, but are allowed braziers and there is a communal fire pit located near the Indigenous / Native Allies & American Encampments (See preliminary map on the next page)

 

Potable water is available on site.

 

One large bag of kindling/firewood will be provided to EACH registered tent (if you registered and said you were bringing a tent) and (as well as) fly per day

 

1 meal ticket per registered participant will be provided each day

 

Coffee will be available each morning

 

The food vendor will be on site all day offering sausages and hot dogs and other items during public hours

 

This said, the site is located very near to literally dozens of pubs, restaurants, and fast-food options, as well as a grocery store

 

All re-enactors will receive 20% off all food orders at The Clarkson Pump (1744 Lakeshore Road West). This does not apply to alcohol.

 

All garbage is to be collected in provided bags and removed from site

 

No open/visible alcohol containers permitted