Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for a magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Candlelight Tour takes place, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3, 7-9:30 pm.
“Candlelight Tour surrounds visitors with a moment suspended in time,” said Event Coordinator Chris Fiala Erlich. “We make the 1850s ‘real’ with authentic furnishing, wardrobes, sounds, smells, and reenactor dialog that brings the past to life in all its rugged edges and silk finery.”
Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are available starting Tuesday, September 1 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or at Fort Nisqually. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for youth ages 4-12.
In candle-lit scenarios throughout the Fort, visitors will encounter Hudson’s Bay Company managers and their wives, American settler families, experienced trappers, Scottish and French-Canadian laborers and their families, young people at a dance, blacksmiths working at the forge, clerks in the sale shop, and cooks in the kitchen.
More than a hundred characters from the past will interact with each other, but won’t be aware of their 21st century visitors. For them, it is October of 1857. Many will be celebrating the wedding of the Fort’s clerk Edward Huggins to Letitia Work. Letitia’s sister was Jane Work Tolmie, wife of the Fort’s boss, William Tolmie. Guests from throughout Washington Territory and from as far away as Victoria attended the nuptials.
Walking tours are approximately an hour in length and begin every 15 minutes. A shuttle bus transports visitors to Fort Nisqually from the Zoo parking lot for the walking tour. For questions about accessibility requirements or for more information, call (253) 591-5339.
Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.