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56th Annual Reenactment of the Colonel Hand March
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 am
Don’t miss the 56th Annual Reenactment of the Col. Hand March on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10am. An unsung hero, is Edward Hand, colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, saw action in all three engagements of the Ten Crucial Days campaign. Colonel Hand as portrayed by Bill Agress recreates the historical events that took place on January 2, 1777 when Colonel Edward Hand and his 1ST Pennsylvania Riflemen provided the successful delaying tactics that held off the British troops preceding the second Battle of Trenton.
After the address all will march from the Lawrence Municipal Building to the site where Colonel Hand held off the advances of the British, along the Shabukunk Creek adjacent to Notre Dame High School. There the raising of the flag of the 1ST Pennsylvania Riflemen followed by cannon firing.
Refreshments await the marchers at their journey’s end at the Lawrence Nature Center, 481 Drexel Ave, Lawrence, NJ. For more information contact the Lawrence Township Recreation Department at (609) 844-7067.
Both Lawrence Township and the Lawrence Historical Society participate in the National Park Service’s Passport to Your Park (R) Program. Lawrence Township is the proud home of two NPS affiliate units — Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (all of Lawrence Township) and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (present day US-206 corridor). In addition to stamps for both units, we have several special events Passport Stamps only available late December to early January — Colonel Hand Historic March, Edward Hand’s Birthday – December 31, 1744, and Hogmanay at 1761 Brearley House.
David Brearley, NJ Signer of the U.S. Constitution, was born at Spring Grove in Maidenhead (now Lawrence Township). Spring Grove is still extant and, yes, we have a Passport Stamp for David Brearley, too!
Both Lawrence Township and the Lawrence Historical Society are Heritage Partners with the Crossroads of the American Revolution.