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Announcing the 45th Eastern Primitive Rendezvous

The 45th Eastern Primitive Rendezvous takes place September 23-October 1, 2022.   For more information, visit the official EPR website and Facebook group . We will be hosting the 45th Eastern Primitive Rendezvous on our family farm, near East Smithfield, PA. The dates are September 23 - October 1, 2022.  This is a living-history event depicting 18th-century activities. Visitors can tour the camp each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tuesday, September 27 is School Tours Day, during which we welcome classes from all of the area schools. Campers need to preregister ( ), and period-correct clothing and gear are required.  For the exact location and more details, visit the  official EPR website  and Facebook group . For those of you who attended the 2017 EPR, this is the same location.
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