REDBUD TRAIL RENDEZVOUS
April 29-30, 2017 Since 1991 this is the 27th annual REDBUD TRAIL RENDEZVOUS, Rochester, Ind., on Fulton County Historical Society grounds 4 miles north of Rochester on U.S. 31 & Co Rd 375 N. Event is held beside the Fulton County Museum, Round Barn Museum and Living History Village called Loyal, Indiana, at north end of grounds. Pre-1865 time period includes Seven Years War aka French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, Western Fur Trade and Civil War. Some years the Hoosier Ladies A-side demonstrate riding with side saddles. Some years re-enactors portray the Seven Years War with camps, crafts, horses and demonstrations. Every year the rendezvous portrays frontier history with tepees and historic tents and camps, foods cooked over wood fires, music and dance, some traders set up in historic buildings, traditional crafts, blanket trading. Programs in an open tent includes bagpipes, period music and songs, history, travois dogs, wild life rehabilitators, Indian dances, and more. This living history festival was named for redbud trees that bloom by the river and along the highway. No motorized vehicles allowed in festival area. The grounds are handicapped accessible.
Open Sat. 10 a. m. to 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission charged, free for age 11 and under. Contact Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E 375 N, Rochester, IN 46975, phone 574-223-4436, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fultoncountyhistory.org. Museum is open year around Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays. History: This event began in 1991 next to the Tippecanoe River at the Trail of Courage site, but spring floods drove them out three times. In 1999 the flood came up on Thursday night and many re-enactors had already set up camp. Bill Willard brought his 1950 John Deere tractor to help get them out in the middle of the night, and Melinda Clinger called everyone to notify them to set up beside the round barn. After being flooded out twice more, the event was moved to the round barn area permanently in 2011. Some people thought the flood might reach the museum and round barn but that is impossible. Rochester would be under 10 – 20 feet of water. The hill on US 31 is the highest point in Fulton County, called Mount Nebo in the old history books. The museum and round barn are half way up the hill.