The Bri­tish are com­ing (again)

Mount Har­mon set to hold Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War reen­act­ment this week­end

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— 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-

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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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LAIRSEY & DAN HUMMEL

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LAIRSEY & DAN HUMMEL

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.

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