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Haddon Heights’ Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
THE BRITISH ARE COMING! THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
Revolutionary War Encampment & Walking Tour events
North Park Drive
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine
The Borough and Heights Heritage League will host re-enactors from the Second Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Army in Camden County Park on North Park Drive at Tenth Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m., rain or shine. Families are invited to picnic along with the Encampment. Skirmishes and “firing demonstrations” of cannons and muskets will take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Haddon Heights is a registered town in the Crossroads of the American Revolution, a National Heritage Area between Philadelphia and New York. Four Revolutionary War houses can be found in Haddon Heights, said Rose Fitzgerald, Event Organizer. Three patriots’ houses remain: Colonel Joseph Ellis House on Sycamore, John Glover House on Sylvan and Chalkley Glover House on New Jersey Avenue. Historical markers describing history of these houses have been placed, with owners’ permission, by the Historical Society. The one Loyalist House is the John Hinchman House on North Park Drive.
“The Revolutionary War was a conflict of few great battles but many skirmishes. Troops fought in this corridor to protect or sabotage movement between these cities. Local militia harassed the British by destroying bridges, including the corduroy (log) bridge over King’s Highway, cutting down trees to block roads and firing into the lines. The British in turn ransacked homes and business, including the Glover House and Glover Fulling Mill which had been recently built. The British stole food and livestock and ravished Patriot women. John Hinchman III sided with the British after the Declaration of Independence, reading a protest at the Gloucester County Courthouse. He was literally ‘run out of town’; and his property near the Barrington Circle seized,” said Mrs. Fitzgerald. A brochure is available at the Library.
Glover joined the Patriot cause and was “read out” of his Quaker Meeting. Re-enactors portray typical troops on both sides. The 2nd Pennsylvania is noted for its valiant service with Gen. Anthony Wayne. During this event soldiers will set up camp, service equipment, prepare food, conduct drills and speak with local compatriots. Patriot women will prepare and cook meals. Cannons and muskets will be fired.
The Encampment is free, rain or shine. For more information: Councilwoman Kathy Lange, 856-546-4852; Rose Fitzgerald 856-547-3950.
In addition to the encampment there will also be Revolutionary War Walking Tour hosted by The Heights Heritage League at 3:00pm starting at the encampment site. For more information on the walking tour event click here.