Gathering at Five Medals – History at its Finest!
Gathering at Five Medals is a living history educational timeline event geared toward the whole family. A visit allows people of all ages to become totally immersed in this area’s history, spanning early exploration, including LaSalle’s second expedition of 1670, through Indiana Statehood in 1816. The event is focused on life in the Northern Indiana and the Southern Great Lakes region during our pre-statehood years, and our mission is dedicated to the education of the area’s history, the demonstration of skills of the time period, and preservation of this precious piece of Indiana’s (and our nation’s) history.
Five Medals features numerous living historians, demonstrators, and reenactors, portraying everyday life in a woodland native Potawatomi village, French voyageurs and Dutch traders, explorers, frontiersmen, and military and artillerymen plying their trade with a real cannon! Blacksmithing, natural dyeing, leatherworking, woodworking, weaving, coppersmithing, and tinsmithing are also demonstrated.
This is only a taste of what to expect, as there’s something exciting happening along every path and around every corner of Five Medals! Explore and shop the many quality merchants for that special gift or treasure. There’s something new to see, learn and enjoy each and every year at Gathering at Five Medals.
Five Medals is held in River Preserve County Park, just south of Goshen, Indiana. It is a 1,000 acre linear county park that runs parallel to the Elkhart River, and includes a fascinating 1840’s era canal. The event setting is carved out of a relaxing and beautiful series of grasslands, wetlands, woodlands and transition areas. River Preserve exhibits Northern Indiana’s fall-colored hardwoods at their finest! Visitors will find several great food options available, along with rest areas and portable restroom facilities.