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Engagement at Bradley 2023 - Event Info
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 10 am and 5 pm on both Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15, 2023.

The event is open to the public, with no registration required. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 are free.

Event and Site Facts

Set up on for participants is available after 11 am on Friday, October 13. 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 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday, and all personal vehicles are to be off site in the nearby parking lot by 9:30 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 for the 2nd York Militia. 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.

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…

Public Event Schedule - to be finalized

Saturday (10 am to 5 pm)

10:00 am – Site open to the public, Sutler’s Row Open (10-5)

11:00 am – Regency Dancing (Barn)

11:30 am – The Drums, Crown Forces 1812 (Log Cabin field)

12:00 noon – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

1:00 pm – Musket Demonstration (Log Cabin field)

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

1:30 pm – Regency Dancing (Barn)

2:00 pm – Duels and Duelling with Signum Corvus (Log Cabin field)

2:30 pm – Historical Harmonies (Barn)

2:30 pm – Mini-Militia (Log Cabin field)

3:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration (Battlefield)

3:30 pm – The Drums, Crown Forces 1812 (Battlefield)

4:00 pm – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

 

Sunday (10 am to 5 pm)

10:00 am – Site open to the public, Sutler’s Row Open (10-5)

11:00 am – Regency Dancing (Barn)

11:30 am – Historical Harmonies (Barn)

12:00 noon – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

1:00 pm – Musket Demonstration (Log Cabin field)

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

1:30 pm – Regency Dancing (Barn)

2:00 pm – Duels and Duelling with Signum Corvus (Log Cabin field)

2:30 pm – Historical Harmonies (Barn)

2:30 pm – Mini-Militia (Log Cabin field)

3:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration (Battlefield)

3:30 pm – Battle Engagement (Battlefield)

 

Other activities

Crafts in the Log Cabin

Guided tours of the encampment

Tours of the Bradley House

Find the Spy

And more …

Schedule for reenactors
  • Friday, October 13 starting at 11 am, you may come to the site and begin set-up of your camp if you desire.

 

  • From dawn until 9:30 am, you can drive in to the site and set-up camp. All cars must vacate the lane and driveway by 9:30 am on both days and park in the nearby parking lot. The parking a short walk away (directions will be provided). Street parking is prioritized for public visitors.

 

  • 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 10:30 am both days

 

  • Sutlers/Merchants/Demos start at 10 am, Encampments open to the public at 10 am

 

  • Parade Forms at 11:00 am

 

  • Musket Inspection and Flag Raising: 11:10am – 11:15 am

 

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

 

  • Musket & Artillery demonstrations

 

  • Battle Engagement (Battlefield) at 4:00 pm On Saturday, October 14 and at 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 15

 

  • Site closes to the public at 5:00 pm on both days

 

  • Vehicles – if needed – may come onto the property after 5:00 pm on both days

 

  • Vehicles must not block the driveway at any time

  • The site abuts a residential area. No musket firing, loud noises or loud music permitted after 5:00 pm

 

 

 

On site contacts
  • Senior Officer for the Event: Greg Carraro (2nd York)

  • Aide to Mr. Carraro for Communication: To be confirmed

  • Heritage Mississauga leads and site coordination: Matthew Wilkinson & Jayme Gaspar

  • Camp Set-up and Assistance: Philip Tomchyshyn, 2nd York

  • Crown Forces RSM: Ewan Wardle

  • Senior American Forces Officer: Philip Edwards

  • Battlefield Narrator: Daryl Learn

 

 

 

FAQ

Daytime participant and reenactor parking at nearby parking lot (directions provided at main gate). Street parking along Orr Road prioritized for public

 

Registrations must be received by Friday, September 22 in order to confirm participation, insurance details, and ensure space for tents, firewood and food requirements, etc.

 

We cannot dig fire pits, but are allowed braziers and there is a communal fire pit located near the Indigenous Allies & American Encampments

 

Potable water is available on site

Bathrooms are available on site

 

One large bag of kindling and firewood will be provided to EACH registered fly/tent

 

1 meal voucher per registered participant will be provided each day

 

Coffee will be available each morning

 

One food vendor will be on site all day

 

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 garbage, empty propane cannisters, etc. is to be collected in provided bags and removed from site - if you bring it, please take it with you

 

No open/visible alcohol containers are permitted - any empty beverage containers must be removed from the site (do not dispose on site)

Smoking is only permitted within designated smoking area

 

 

 

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