The Stockade is an 1862 historically correct re-enactment. It's completely organized and worked by volunteers. It's only open twice a year. In Aug. for a Rendezvous Event and for the Pioneer Christmas in December.
Swing over to their website and read more about this memorial.www.forestcitystockade.org
"On September 3, 1862 during the Sioux Uprising the citizens of Forest City erected upon this site a stockade for the defense against Indians. Early next morning soon after some 240 people had taken refuge there, the stockade was attacked. The Indians were driven off but a state of siege existed for ten days before the people were relieved by Company B of the 8th Minnesota Volunteer Regiment."
Earlier this year I wrote a post about using buffalo tallow for a pioneer soap. This soap will be available at the event. In addition to free samples of lard soap. Look for us in the wheelwright's building.
If you make trip out to the Stockade bring your appetite and pick up a little Christmas Spirit. There is a hearty sausage stew that's served that is wonderful and oh so filling. In addition to fresh made lefse, hand-cranked ice cream and gingerbread cookies. Let's not forget all the roaming Christmas carolers, the horse drawn sleigh rides and the smell of wood smoke and pine in the air.
Want a little more to do? How about a jaunt over to the little town of Forest City and find their general store. There you can purchase old fashioned ribbon Christmas candy and herring. And if you're so inclined to cut your own Christmas tree you can stop by Turk's Trees right there on HWY 24.
A great event for the whole family and a Christmas Tradition in the making. It's worth the trip.
Directions to the stockade is available on the Stockade website.