Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
972 Main Street, South Glastonbury
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person, under 10 is free. Free to members of the HSG
Visit Ye Olde Lebanon Militia’s encampment at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
It is the spring of 1779 and Danbury has already been burned. A series of raids have been planned along the Connecticut coast by the English forces. British spy John Andre has put ashore on the banks of the Connecticut River to explore the shipyards of Middletown and Glastonbury for future raids. Witness the excitement when this famous spymaster and his trusted steed Huckleberry encounters the Lebanon Militia defending the shipworks in town!
Walk through the encampment to speak with soldiers and see them drilling and firing their artillery. Visit the doctor who will discuss medical tools and techniques used on the battlefield. The wives of the militia will be present, working on their spinning and weaving with their own stories to tell about camp life. Tour the house and watch cooking over the coals as soup is prepared for the militia. The barns will be open for tours as well. Big Bear Trading Company of Rhode Island will be on site. Here is your opportunity to view and purchase goods that would have been available to people living in 18th century New England, especially along the coast. This action packed and fun filled afternoon kicks off at 1pm on Sunday June 2nd. Join us to watch history come alive!
Parking for the event is available at South Church diagonally across from the Welles-Shipman-Ward House or at St. Augustine’s just around the corner on Hopewell Street (there is a path through the woods from St. Augustine’s to the Welles-Shipman-Ward House).
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