From National Parks

Formal Garden at English Camp

Tom and I enjoy working at English Camp, the prettier and nicer of the two parts of San Juan Island Historical Park.  I’m not bragging – English Camp is on a protected bay, the British spent more money building and equipping it, and they took better care of what they had.  Even the park movie …

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Having a Ball at the Encampment

The big event of the Encampment at English Camp is the Candlelight Ball on Saturday night.  All of the living history people come as well as people from the community and tourists who found out about it over the weekend. The Ball is held in the Barracks, which is also the Visitors Center.  On Monday …

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School Groups at English Camp

As at other parks, Tom and I have been working with school groups here at English Camp.  We were a little surprised at the number of school groups scheduled in June.  Usually field trips are over by Memorial Day.  But it was a particularly harsh winter in this part of the world, which meant the …

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Coast Salish Cultural Heritage Day

This week at English Camp we had some special visitors.  A group of Coast Salish people came to share their heritage with us for Coast Salish Cultural Heritage Day. Long before the British set up English Camp, the ancestors of the Coast Salish fished and sought shelter in Garrison Bay.  The Bay is a protected …

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