September 15-17, 2016
Come see thee early 1800's in the wilderness with a real forge, black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, colorful re-enactors, gifts, games and much more. One mile south of Tecumseh on 177, Thursday thru Saturday.
In 2015, we hosted the inaugural Tecumseh Rendezvous. In 2016, plans are underway to build on the momentum established, adding additional period contributors and providing educational opportunities for school-aged groups and people of all ages.
The Rendezvous celebrates the early 1800s when this part of the western frontier was first explored by the young nation of the United States of America. We had recently acquired this land from the French. Many historic people traveled through this frontier including Randolph Marcy and James Wilkerson (a contingent of Pike’s expedition in 1806).
This area was made famous by the noted American writer, Washington Irving, during his journey through the Cross Timbers, an area known for its dense forest which Irving characterized as a “forest of cast iron.” Irving was accompanied by Henry Ellsworth, the new Commissioner of Indian Lands, and two notable Europeans, Latrobe and Count DePourtalés. During this time, a rendezvous would occur, an event where trappers and traders would gather along with Indian tribes and merchants to exchange goods for skins and pelts. Mountain men would look forward to these rendezvous as an annual opportunity to do business, restock, carouse and generally enjoy the company of their peers. Although formal rendezvous did not occur in Oklahoma, these types of impromptu social gatherings certainly occurred whenever the eastern travelers met with representatives of Indian tribes in this rich and fertile hunting ground. It's in this spirit that we hold a rendezvous in the timbers of Tecumseh to share with modern students of history this fascinating and tantalizing slice of time.
RENDEZVOUS IN THE TIMBERS
The Rendezvous in the Timbers takes place less than one mile south of downtown Tecumseh at the intersection of Broadway and Highway 177. Thanks to the generosity of land owner and friend, ___, the Rendezvous participants and guests enjoy an authentic experience amidst the boughs of the woods and the open skies.
A HISTORY OF THE RENDEZVOUS
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson inked a $15 million dollar deal with the French for a half a billion acres of land called the Louisiana Purchase. This area contained great rivers, endless plains and towering mountains. Read more.