A Reenactment About the History of the Midwest From the 1660s to 1815

Visit the Encampments

* Merchants Row * New France * 17th Century
* Military Row
* River Pirates * Voyageur Camp
* Hunters Camp * Woodland Indian Village




Experience the Life

* Talk with French settlers * Watch a matchlock gun being fired
* Meet frontiersmen * Visit a French apothecary * Feel hand-made beadwork * Hear a roaring cannon * Watch the blacksmith forge * Talk with the silversmith * Learn where French Canadians settled in Indiana. * Watch wool being spun * Demonstrations of natural dyeing, leatherworking, Colonial beer brewing & more!


Chief Five Medals

The reenactment location will be near the site of Chief Five Medals Village from the 1760s to 1813. Five Medals was a prominent figure in negotiations between the Elkhart River Band of the Potawatomi and United States government.

He signed the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 after the defeat of the Western Confederacy of Indian Nations in the Ohio Indian Wars. The village was destroyed in 1812 and 1813 by U.S. military during the War of 1812, but the community was abandoned during both campaigns.

Remnants of the Five Medals Band lived in Elkhart County into the 1820s. The Woodland Indian village at the reenactment will pay tribute to the Elkhart River Band by showing examples of clothing, food, housing, and crafts practiced by the Potawatomi.


Gathering at Five Medals

Saturday: 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elkhart County Parks or at the main event gate.

General Admission:

$4.00 / Adults - $2.00 / children


Benton Elementary School - Map
(68350 C.R. 31, New Paris, IN)

Overflow Parking at Fairfield High School - Map
(67530 US 33, Goshen, IN)  - Shuttle provided


Elkhart County Parks

211 W. Lincoln Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

e-mail: info@elkhartcountyparks.org



Gathering at Five Medals Sponsors:
Elkhart County Parks
Elkhart County Historical Society
Interra Credit Union

Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
David & Janet Weed

Supreme Corporation

Benton Elementary School






Elkhart County Historical Museum


The Elkhart County Historical Museum fosters appreciation and preservation of local history and culture through exhibits, educational programs, and an accessible library and archives.


The museum's regular hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted. For more information, please call the museum at (574) 848-4322. The museum is located at 304 W. Vistula (SR 120) in Bristol .