Step into 18th Century Life at a Reenactment

Warmer days in Revolutionary New Jersey bring the start of a new reenactment season, with historical interpreters donning 18th century garb for events across the state. Between the drills, artillery demonstrations and staged battles, reenactors often welcome the public to visit their camps and chat to get a better understanding of what daily life was like for Revolutionary-era soldiers. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the women and children who often followed their husbands and fathers into army life, and the tasks they performed to earn their places in camp.

After a break due to COVID restrictions, Morristown National Historical Park’s annual encampment weekend resumed on April 23-24, 2022. The Crossroads video team talked with Park Historian Eric Olson and historical interpreter Frances Florio for a glimpse into the work a woman might have done for the troops during the Winter 1779-80 Morristown encampment. Olson also shared insights on a lesser told aspect of the army’s historic stay at Jockey Hollow: the birth of children.

What might you discover in a visit to Revolutionary New Jersey? Visit our events calendar to plan your trip today!