Colonial Heritage Festival

July 1, 2, 4 of 2022

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Ongoing activities
Spy Ring General Washington is establishing a spy network and is in desperate need of intelligence! If you are willing to risk your personal safety for the cause of liberty, point your electronic communications device to https://culper.web.app or find the agent at the sign of the codfish. Ask, “Will you fish for cod in January?” Only the true agent will give you further instructions.
Scavanger Hunt
Follow the clues and write down interesting facts about various festival exhibits. Return your completed page to the gift shop for a chance to win Brooker’s Ice Cream.
Gift Shop: #1
9:00 am
Continental Artillery Begin the day as Continental forces load and fire the cannon typical of the Revolutionary War.
10:00 am
Continental Muster and Drill Watch the American forces muster, maneuver, and fire volleys.
James Madison
A conversation with the Father of the United States Constitution.
10:30 am
The Revolution from a “Billy” point of view
Come listen to different perspectives on the American Revolution as told by Billy Lee and Billy Flora, both of African descent, one enslaved, one free.
The Women of the Revolution Learn about lesser-known women who made important contributions to American Independence.
11:00 am
Tea Tax Debate
Decide if you will march upon the ships in the harbor that carry the King’s tea.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate.
Elevences
Enjoy audience with George and Martha Washington (Friday & Saturday) or Lord and Lady Dunmore (Monday). Sip the popular colonial American drink, Shrub.
Ages 16 and older, seating limited, donations encouraged.
Colonial Dance Instruction Come join in one of the colonists favorite diversions: dance. Learn some of the dances of the era.
Dancing: #19
11:30 am
Continental Army & Children's Militia Young patriots are invited to join the militia to muster as they march through the Colonial Village. Followed by Continental artillery and infantry, firing of musket volleys and cannon. ar.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate.
Phyllis Wheatley Meet this celebrated woman and hear her extraordinary journey from slave to published poet.
Noon
John Adams on the Boston Massacre Knowing it could end his career, John Adams defended eight British soldiers involved in the Bloody Massacre at King’s Street. Why?
Calligraphy Class I Learn a few basics strokes that form all letters in 18th century script. This beginners’ class is appropriate for all who can operate a pencil.
A hands-on class limited seating.
Audience with Governor Dunmore Hear colonists’ grievances to the Governor of Virginia and the official responses from the crown.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate
12:30 pm
Governor Bernado de Gálvez Hear about the Spanish influence in the American Revolution from the Spanish governor of Louisiana.
Lucet Class Learn to work this ancient tool for making cordage used for laces, draw-strings and other places where strong cord is needed.
Location #20
A hands-on class limited seating.
1:00 pm
Hog-Stealing Trial One colonist is accused of stealing another’s hog. Watch as the wheels of British justice turn and help decide the fate of the accused.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate
Continental Muster and Drill Watch the American forces muster, maneuver, and fire volleys.
Patrick Henry A conversation with one of the revolution’s top orators.
1:30 pm
Shut-the-Box Tournament Enjoy a bit of friendly competition for all ages playing the popular game “Shut the Box,” which dates to the 12th century. Winners receive delicious prizes.
Appropriate for all ages, seating limited.
Colonial Dance Instruction Come join in one of the colonists favorite diversions: dance. Learn some of the dances of the era.
Dancing: #19
2:00 pm
Declaration of Independence Hear the Declaration of Independence as read by Founding Fathers and others affected by its ideas.
2:30 pm
Patrick Ferguson
Visit a tavern and be recruited by one of the world’s best marksmen to fight in the American Revolution.
3:00 pm
Liber-tea Enjoy colonial herbal teas, biscuits and tarts while you sit and visit with the founders about the ideas of the Revolution.
Ages 16 and older, seating limited, donations encouraged.
Governor Bernado de Gálvez Hear about the Spanish influence in the American Revolution from the Spanish governor of Louisiana.
Tea Tax Debate
Decide if you will march upon the ships in the harbor that carry the King’s tea.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate.
3:30 pm
Continental Army & Children's Militia Young patriots are invited to join the militia to muster as they march through the Colonial Village. Followed by Continental artillery and infantry, firing of musket volleys and cannon. ar.
An audience involved event. Arrive early to participate.
Colonial Dance Instruction Come join in one of the colonists favorite diversions: dance. Learn some of the dances of the era.
Dancing #19
Powder Incident Governor Dunmore confiscated the colonists’ gunpowder from the common store. Will you help get it back?
4:00 pm
James Madison
A conversation with the Father of the United States Constitution.
The Revolution from a “Billy” point of view
Come listen to different perspectives on the American Revolution as told by Billy Lee and Billy Flora, both of African descent, one enslaved, one free.
4:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin Come be fascinated by visiting with the Sage of America, the Newton of Electricity, the Prophet of Tolerance, Poor Richard himself—Dr. Bejamin Franklin.
Lucet Class Learn to work this ancient tool for making cordage used for laces, draw-strings and other places where strong cord is needed.
Location #20
A hands-on class limited seating.
Calligraphy Class II Learn to write with quill and ink. This class is appropriate for adults and mature youth with developed fine motor skills.
A hands-on class limited seating. A small supplies fee applies.
5:00 pm
James Madison
A conversation with the Father of the United States Constitution.
Common Songs of the 18th Century
Come listen and sing along with British and American songs popular in the 18th century.
5:30 pm
Trooping the Colors Observe American and British Military as they end the day’s activities in 18th century pageantry.
6:00 pm
Continental Artillery and Infantry Close the day as the Continental forces fire the cannon typical of the Revolutionary War. Infantry drill and the firing of musket volleys too.
7:00 pm
Colonial Dance
Join a country colonial dance hosted by Ron and Brooke Shaw. Recommended for adults and children old enough to follow instruction and participate in dancing.
Dancing: #19
Friday Only.