Harlem Heights, New York, September, 1776
Though this year started off well with the British being forced to abandon Boston, now six months later, Washington’s army has suffered a major defeat on Long Island, and New York City is now occupied by the British. Patriot hearts were encouraged with the Declaration of Independence in July of this year. This freedom, however, must now be defended at great cost. At this dark time, boldness on the part of every true patriot is required more than ever. In this life, freedom must continually be defended.
Experience 18th century life through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and military demonstrations. Aspects of 18th century life will be available for you to experience – agriculture, blacksmith, cider press, education, games, gunsmith, military, and much more. Come join us at Harlem Heights for a taste of colonial life.
Candle Dipping – all day
A blanket of snow on the ground, the wind howling outside, a warm fire in the hearth, and the family gathered around the candle light. Re-create your own colonial scene by dipping a candle ($2) and brighten up your own winter’s night.
18th Century Military Demonstrations – 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Both Continental and British troops will demonstrate 18th century military maneuvers. Though similar, you will learn the differences between the two opposing forces. This will be introduced by a rousing fife and drum march and concluded with a booming artillery demonstration.
Surgical Operation – 1:00 p.m.
Stop at the surgeons’ tent as the skilled workers deal with mishaps from muskets in the camp. This is not for the faint of heart or weak-stomached. Surgery is considered necessary to save a life but is extremely painful and risky without the use of anesthetic.
Due to the hands-on nature of this event, and to legally protect everyone involved, a liability waiver must be completed. It may be filled out when you arrive; but to save time, we encourage you to download the form and have it completed before you arrive. Everyone 18 years of age and older will need to fill one out. School groups, please call or email for arrangements.