The British are coming (again)
Mount Harmon set to hold Revolutionary War reenactment this weekend
— The fields of the Mount Harmon Plantation will fill with the sounds of fife and drum this weekend, as it hosts a Revolutionary War reenactment complete with hundreds of actors.
The last of those who lived during this country’s war of independence died centuries ago, but the people involved with this re-
creation hope to transport visitors back to the earlier era, when the Redcoats fought the Rebels and the United States was little more than a pipe dream.
Mount Harmon will model the Philadelphia campaign, in which the British landed at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay and worked their way northwards. To keep the event authentic, there will be two encampments for the feuding armies and a full battle reenactment both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a great event for the whole family, and you don’t have to drive all the way to Colonial Williamsburg [Virginia],” said Paige Howard, Mount Harmon executive director.
In addition to the battles, there will be somewhat less adversarial activities throughout the two days, including period music, scrapple making and a colonial marketplace. The Mount Harmon Manor House will open for tours throughout.
This Revolutionary War reenactment is the largest in the mid-Atlantic region with around 300 actors and about 500 visitors, according to Howard. The next one won’t take place until 2018, so she encouraged everyone interested to make it out this weekend. Tickets cost $5.
Mount Harmon hosted its first Revolutionary War reenactment in 2010, and has hosted a total of five. It started as an annual event but has transitioned to taking place every other year — this will be the sixth.
“We wanted to keep it ex- citing,” Howard said. “People should come out to witness this wonderful event in our nation’s history.”
The Mount Harmon reenactment stages a mock battle both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and features about 300 actors. This will be the sixth time they’ve held one there.
The reenactment models the British campaign into Philadelphia, which began with their armies landing at the upper end of the Chesapeake Bay and moving northward.