Summer Camps at Fenton History Center

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The Fenton History Center

The Fenton History Center is offering interesting and unique summer mini-camps for children in grades one to seven. The first camp offered this summer is Camp Brown for grades four through seven. The camp is July 14-18 from 1-4 p.m. each day. The recruits will travel back in time to the Civil War and discover the life as a Union recruit in Chautauqua County. General Daniel Sickles, portrayed by re-enactor Gregg Johnson with able assistance from Steve Johnson and a variety of other re-enactors from the area, will be setting up camp and guiding the young soldiers through enlistment, drilling, daily lessons and other areas of camp life. They will culminate the week with a hike to the site of Camp Brown on Jamestown’s south side.
The cost is $50 with a $15 equipment cost if they are first time recruits.
The Fenton’s other two camps are based on the ongoing archaeology project in Fenton Park surrounding the history center. Students entering grades four through seven will be visiting the onsite dig to learn how to professionally work at a historic dig. They will also be exploring activities related to the dig including “dirt science” throughout the week both in the Fenton Mansion and their own backyards. The campers will also take part in a field trip to the Lake View Cemetery to learn about research, and in the process learn about how to read weathered gravestones. The History Detectives camp is August 13-17 from 1-4 p.m. each day. The cost is $50 per camper.
The Junior History Detectives will be exploring the onsite archaeology project. Other activities will include digging up the past by investigating various “finds” and how they may have been used. They will create a dig site of their own and do reverse archaeology. The camp is July 28- August 1 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $50 per camper.
Registration forms are available on the Fenton History Center’s website For more information or to register over the phone, please call 716-664-6256.