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Lore of the Laughery Living History Event, May 5 & 6 in Friendship, Indiana

The 8th annual Lore of the Laughery, a living history event that portrays life and events from 1750 to 1812, will be held on May 5th and 6th, in Friendship, Indiana. The event, which focuses particularly on the early history of the area, including a battle during the Revolutionary War, will showcase different crafts, foods, and lifestyle of the chosen time period and part of the country.

Lore of the Laughery’s public hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT Saturday and 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT Sunday. The township of Friendship, Indiana is in Ripley County (Southeastern Indiana), on SR 62.

Tipi at Lore of the Laughery

They also have tipis on display for the public to visit.

The event, which is one of the biggest in the area, will feature:

  • military recreators
  • period artisans, craftspeople, and entertainers
  • civilian encampments
  • period livestock demonstrations
  • Demonstrations of blacksmithing, spring pole lathe, gunsmithing, leatherworking, silversmithing, woodworking, spinning, braintanning of leather, weaving, bobbin lacemaking, and powderhorn making
  • the Voyageur Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, whose members are all under the age of 18
  • Travelers Dream, a French Canadian band
  • Jim’s Red Pants, a hammered dulcimer and fiddle group

Discount tickets may be ordered in advance, $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 4-12 by calling (800) 745.1493, or by visiting the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, or calling them at (888) 747-5394, or visiting their website. Tickets are good for one day, either day, and there are no refunds or will call facilities. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 4-12.

There is on-site parking at no extra charge. No pets are allowed, other than assistance animals

For more information and directions, visit the Ripley County Tourism website, or the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association website.

Photo credit: Cindy47452 (Flickr, Creative Commons)

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