Re-enactor to portray Andrew Montour

William Hunt, a historian and re-enactor, will bring to life Montoursville’s namesake through his portrayal of Andrew Montour.

Hunt will offer two programs to teach students and the public about Montour. At 10 a.m. March 28 he will perform in front of Montoursville Area High School students at the Thomas Taber Museum. The second program will be held at 10 a.m. March 29 for the public at Montoursville Area High School. The events are being organized by Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

Hunt, of Charleston, W. Va., started portraying Montour for the West Virginia Humanities council. For the past six years he has been a regular re-enactor at colonial sites and historic celebrations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has been fascinated with the Montours and the French and Indian War era since he was a child, which made his choice to portray Montour, an easy one to make.

Montour was a frontier diplomat, warrior and hero during the French and Indian War. He was a member of the Iroquois Grand Council and his many missions sponsored by the governors of Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia were vital to colonial America.

He came from both Native American and European blood, which made him one of the colonial period’s most complex but effective characters. He was given multiple tracts of land across the state for his service, one of the tracts he received eventually became Montoursville.