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NOTICE: As of 02-JAN-2020, this website is under construction as the new website is set up. Please hold on registering for new memberships/renewing previous memberships while we get things ready. We will ask you to register for a new membership/account once the new page is up and running. Thank you!

-Marrin, Webmaster

Wes Tu Hal! Welcome to Markland

The old English greeting, "Wes Tu Hal!" literally translates to the modern English, "How do you hail?" The question was a typical greeting in Saxon England.  

We are a non-profit historical educational organization, incorporated in Maryland and operating mostly from the Virginias through the New York City area. We re-enact medieval life by constructing and using reproductions of the period's accouterments, and we generally have a lot of fun educating the public (and each other) with what we have learned in the process. Feel free to browse around. We'd love to hear from you, and you're welcome to attend our events. But be careful! You might just learn some medieval history at the same time. 

What we do

  • Rec Fighting
  • Frat Fighting
  • Living History
  • Fencing
  • Feasts
  • Music and Dance
  • Demonstrations


One of Markland's most popular and visible activities is combat, which takes on two forms: Re-creation or "rec" ("Fake fighting with real weapons"), and Fratricidal or "frat" ("Real fighting with fake weapons").

Rec Fighting 

REC is Recreational Fighting that is staged fighting using historically accurate garb, armor, and weapons focusing around the Battle is Hastings of 1066.

Frat Fighting 

FRAT is Fraticidal Fighting that is a martial, skill based activity using an assortment of

differenttypes of armor and padded weaponry.

Non combat activities


Markland's living history displays are an important part of our educational status, as well as being fun. We have a number of different historical groups or camps, some of which are official Markland groups, while others are simply common interest activity groups. At most of Markland's own events you don't have to part of a group to participate. Some people have their own activity to display and share, such as spinning wool into thread, and others just hang out. At events where Markland is just one of several organizations involved, you might need to be a member of a participating group in order to take part. There may also be garb requirements for an event.  Visit our facebook page for upcoming events.


Feast are non-public events, meaning that there is no audience. They are for food and fun, and you need a ticket to get in. Sometimes there will be a theme which attendees are encouraged to follow. Feasts may be fully provided, meaning your ticket gets you a complete meal; or partly provided, meaning only certain items are provided and you must bring anything else that you want.  In any case, you'll need your own dishes and utensils, and most people also bring candles, tablecloths, etc. There may also be live music, dancing, and more.

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