Updated 09/21/2012 05:11 PM
Russell Arsenal Heritage Weekend begins
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RUSSELL, N.Y. -- The Russell Arsenal Heritage Weekend is underway in Russell. It commemorates the bicentennial anniversary since the arsenal was built to help in the War of 1812.
It was the only arsenal and the main defense for St. Lawrence County during the war. The arsenal burned down in 1945.
Among the activities planned for the weekend are a period fashion show, demonstrations of dances from the era and performances at the Russell Opera House. There will also be about 20 war re-enactors who will set up an encampment at Russell Attwater's home built in 1807.
"We have a number of different demonstrations and crafts people coming up to portray various periods, skills and living styles of the 19th century," said Dana Denhoff, a War of 1812 re-enactor.
The weekend will close will a ceremony honoring the veterans killed in the War of 1812 at the Russell cemetery.