We held our annual tour and business meeting in historic New
Castle, Delaware on Feb. 20th. Mike gave us tours of several
the square, which is surrounded by buildings built before the
Revolution! A great place to visit!
Mike leads the
members away from the Historic Amstel house in New
Castle, Del. No, its not where the beer comes from.
Mike discusses the Dutch
Mike brought out
several items from the New Castle Hist. Society collections-
An original waistcoat- the owner died from the wound he received
wearing it in a duel...notice the bloodstains.
Members got to
examine in detail several items....here Matt looks over some very well
preserved buckskin breeches.
George and Cliff look over a linen shirt.
Mike locks up the
old Library where the items were held for the
day. The members greatly appreciated this rare opportunity to
actually examine 18th Century objects closely. We saw several
pairs of ladies silk slippers/ shoes, a linen shirt and silk waistcoat,
leather money wallet, a lace bonnet, buckskin breeches and a
frock coat from around 1820.
"The Arsenal", what
had been the Delaware arsenal in the early
1800's, and is now a resturaunt and tavern where we held the meeting-
several members standing by the door.
The new men at arms are sworn
in- Cliff, James and Jeff. Welcome, all new members!
DRILL DAY At the
end of March we had a drill day with Heard's Brigade and the 24th Conn.
Militia Reg't, at Princeton Battlefield.
curator, shows up an original blunderbuss
Jeff goes to
check out lunch.
THE BATTLE OF BOUND BROOK, APRIL
Jeffery and Matt take the field under Glenn on Saturday
The combined militia Outwater's/24th Conn, formed up with the rest of
the troops at the Old Stone Bridge next to the Queen's Bridge.
Moving back into South
Bound Brook just before the 2nd battle after having lunch.
Vi looks over
John and Julie
smile at "Banjo Bill" Higbee's song.
Tom and Rich
listen to the music
and James ready to take the field on Sunday.
The combined forces prepare to repluse a British scouting party
nearby- notice the riflemen squatting in the rear....almost invisible
are some Hessian Jeagers in green coats behind the trees between
the officers heads and the far end of the line.
George, Tom, Cliff,
James and Glenn after the Sunday skirmish.
Raid on Closter event
We were invited to participate in a small event to eelebrate the town
of Closter's 300 year anniversary of being settled.
together at the Kearney house at Alpine boat basin, before being bussed
to the site-
A private residence, a colonial Dutch house built before the
Revolution. The public gathered in the yard here. On the left...
We fought in these woods, with the Brits moving just down the
slope, and the public about where the militia is standing. Alex
is getting some help with his lock of his new musket.
overall command of the American militia.
Cliff, Alex and George talk after the skirmish. We were
bussed back, and they had a 'tavern night' open to the public, with
plenty of food, drink and merriment for the reenactors!
Fair at the Staats House, May 1st.
while the kids play.
Tom and Kathy at the
Somerset County Hertiage tables
Glenn holds up
shows Coopering, and Robin and Vi spin.
George played in
his old time band....
Cliff and James
peruse some paperwork.
On June 19-20 we attended the Battle of Monmouth
Mid July some of us went up
outside of Scranton for the "Escape from Wyoming" event- fighting
Indians, renegades, Brits and Loyalists in the woods.
The first weekend of August we did a
weekend show at Geo. Washington Crossing State Park, NJ.
Julie displayed herbs and there medicinal uses. Don and
John get out their doctors equipment in back, and Jeff watches.
George gets some wood to
work into something useful.
surgeon and his ass't display their tools and medicines.
John practices his
We also displayed what the common soldier carried, and what the
George worked on
making wooden handles and repairing tools.
Some of the public talking to Alex and Matt.
Michele L. brought
our newest member...
Who everyone enjoyed
Frank weaves, Vi
spins, and Rich talks to the crowd
Michele D cooked.
We were joined by Ted
(on left) and Sue (on right in rear) from Rancocas Creek sutlerly to
spend the day on Sunday.
Brandywine Creek State Park,
George at our
Matt on left
A field reg't
Jeff, Kathy from
Heard's, Jim, Frank from the 24th, and George prepare to defend the
Yielding the war
Glenn, Matt, Jeff, George, Cliff, Jim.
Lord Stirling 18th Century Craft Festival, LS Park,
Basking Ridge, NJ - 1st Sunday of Oct.
Frank and Vi and Glenn set up camp and displays
Tom represented the county cultural commission
Dey's Mansion, October
to his family who came to watch
Fort Lee, November
Don and John
doing their surgeons
December 26th....The Battle of Trenton
to the Old Barracks from the surrender field, snow falling
an hour later
dismissed...won't see bare ground again for 6 weeks!
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