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Whitall House/ Red Bank Battlefield

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100 Hessian Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063 United States
856 853-5120 http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/depts/p/parks/parkgolf/redbank/default.asp

In 1748, Quakers Ann and James Whitall established a 400-acre plantation at Red Bank along the Delaware River. This bustling plantation included fruit orchards, a lumberyard, a shad fishery, livestock and a ferry. Together, Ann and James raised nine children who worked the plantation alongside dozens of indentured servants hailing from Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany.

In 1777, the American Revolution interrupted life at Red Bank when American forces constructed For Mercer next to the Whitall House. On October 22, 1777, Colonel Christopher Green’s Rhode Island Regiment inflicted heavy losses on Hessian soldiers and the Whitall home served as a field hospital. Hundreds of Hessian soldiers lost their lives in the battle and were buried just north of the house. The Whitall family never forgave the American forces for the devastation they inflicted on their beloved property.

One Sunday a month, the House and Fort offer special programs focusing on an aspect of the park’s history. Ever wonder how people made clothes in the 1700″s? What was it like to be a Revolutionary soldier? How did women prepare meals? Why is Fort Mercer so important to Revolutionary history? Heritage Days are always family friendly and filled with great activities for everyone to enjoy.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

18th Century Childhood and Family Life

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Whitall House/ Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063 United States
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Ever wondered what it would have been like to grow up in the 18th century? Join us to learn about childhood and family life in colonial America at the Whitall House. Enjoy family-friendly activities, demonstrations, and displays! For more information click here.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Winter is Coming! Preparation and Preservation for Winter at Whitall House Red Bank Battlefield

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Whitall House/ Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063 United States
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Are you curious about how colonial American's prepared their food for winter? Join us for activities, tours, and demonstrations where you can learn how the Whitall family would prepare their household for the harsh 18th century winters. For more information click here.

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