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2014 Schedule of Events (activities are free unless otherwise noted)  

This year's schedule is still being planned; please check back for the latest information.

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10:00 to 3:00 Crown Forces Camp - Burlington County Prison Museum (Directions)
Living History inside, in the front and back yards, and in the adjacent Warden's House:
  • Paul Trainor portrays a British military surgeon (inside)
  • Mike Kochan presents Benjamin Franklin, with displays and demonstrations of his elctrical experiments (inside)
  • Mercy Ingraham demonstrates 18th century field cooking (front yard)
  • "Sutlers" display and sell 18th century goods to reenactors and the public (see the Links page for a tentative list). (basement of the Prison Museum)
  • 11:00 - "Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy," presented by author John Nagy, who will also be selling/signing his books (Warden's House)
  • 11:00 & 1:00 - New recruit drilling for children of all ages. (front yard)
  • 12:30 - "A People Harassed and Exhausted," presented by author Larry Kidder, who will also be selling/signing his books (Warden's House)
  • 2:30 - Artillery firing demonstration. (front yard)
10:00 to 3:00 Colonial Forces Camp - Mill Race Village (Directions)
  • Reenactors will describe camp life and military campaigns.
11:30 Officers Meeting - "Cobbler Square" at High and Garden Streets
Representatives from each reenacting company should attend.
 
12:00 Live concert of 18th century music - Friends Meeting House (81 High Street)
See The Ministers of Apollo below.
 
1:30 Abigail Adams: Dearest Friend - Friends Meeting House (81 High Street)
See Abigail Adams below.
 
3:00 to 3:45 "Battle" of Iron Works Hill
(Preceded by a 2:30 artillery demonstration in front of the Prison Museum)
Continental and South Jersey militia troops attack the Crown Forces (near the Old Courthouse), who push back through the streets of Mount Holly to the Rancocas Creek in Monroe Street Park.
The progress of each side through town will be narrated by Joe Laufer, the Burlington County Historian.
 
4:00 Dancing with the Stars (and Stripes) in 1776 - Noah Lewis, Dancemaster
Red, White & Brew (33 High Street)
Follow the intricacies and just plain fun of 18th century dancing. Join in and see if you might be the next 'Colonial Idol.'
 
Speakers, Presentations and Special Events:
10:00 to 3:00 Mercy Ingraham - 18th century cooking
(
Burlington County Prison Museum, 128 High Street)
Noted open hearth cook Mercy Ingraham will cook a selection of meats, breads and sweets, and discuss 18th century foods and cooking techniques.
 
11:00 John Nagy - "Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy"
The
Warden's House, 150 High Street (adjacent to the Prison Museum)
Before and after his 11:00 presentation inside the Warden's House, author John Nagy will sell and sign copies of his books, including his latest work, Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution.
 
12:30 Larry Kidder - "Hunterdon County Militia"
The
Warden's House, 150 High Street (adjacent to the Prison Museum)
Before and after his 12:30 presentation inside the Warden's House, author and historian Larry Kidder will sell and sign copies of his latest work, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a Regiment of New Jersey Militiamen in the American Revolution, about the role of the 1st Hunterdon County Militia Regiment.
 
12:00 The Ministers of Apollo - 18th century music
Friends Meeting House (81 High Street)
The Ministers of Apollo present a repertoire of winter seasonal and Christmas music, interspersed with sonatas, dances, and other secular pieces that were popular in America and England during the second half of the eighteenth century. The Christmas music of this period is not commonly performed or easily available today. Using facsimile editions from the eighteenth century, the duo will offer audience members insight into what this music truly sounded like. Some of the song texts and tunes will be familiar, while others will be entirely new to most listeners. Included in the program is a discussion of instruments, music, clothing, and a question and answer session at the concert’s conclusion.
Erik Lichack – harpsichord (English bentside spinet after Thomas Hitchcock) and voice
Eliza Vincz - voice
 
11:00 Rancocas Valley Regional High School Choir - Holiday Favorites
Across the street from Spirit of Christmas (14 White Street)
 
1:00 Ned Hector - A Visitor From The Past
Historic Brainerd Street School House (35 Brainerd Street)
Reenactor and historian Noah Lewis presents Edward “Ned” Hector, a free black man from Conshohocken, PA, who became a colonial soldier, wagoneer and hero of the Battle of Brandywine.
 
1:30 Abigail Adams: Dearest Friend
Friends Meeting House (81 High Street)
Abigail Adams was a strong and influential woman so deeply engaged in the politics of her time that men such as her husband John and Thomas Jefferson valued her opinions on political matters. While her husband was away, she took over the management of her family and farm, leaving a legacy of letters unlike any others.
This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities (a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities), the American Historical Theatre, and the Burlington County Historic Prison Museum Association.
 
4:00 Dancing with the Stars (and Stripes) in 1776 - Noah Lewis, Dancemaster
Red, White & Brew (33 High Street)
This author and historian discusses 18th century fashions, manners and music, then leads the audience in a few simple English Country Dances. (No experience necessary, but being able to count and knowing your left from right is certainly helpful!)
 
Historic Buildings open (some require fee or donation):
  • Burlington County Prison Museum (128 High Street) - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building will be open for tours and presentations (as described under "Crown Forces Camp" above).
     
  • Warden's House (150 High Street) - Built in 1888, this recently renovated structure adjacent to the Prison Museum contains the Hugh Campbell art collection and will host John Nagy's "Spies of Philadelphia" presentation at 11:00 and Larry Kidder's "Hunterdon County Militia" presentation at 12:30.
     
  • Friends Meeting House (81 High Street) - open for tours; see also music from the 18th century and Abigail Adams, above
     
  • Historic Brainerd Street School House (35 Brainerd Street; tours 11:00-4:00) - One of two museums maintained by the Colonial Dames of America - NJ, it is the oldest schoolhouse in New Jersey on its original site (located 1/2 block from High Street). See also Ned Hector, above.
     
  • Shinn Curtis Log House (Commerce Street, west from High Street) - Now home to the Mount Holly Historical Society, this early settler's home of hand-hewn logs was encased within a house on Water Street (now Rancocas Road) and was uncovered in 1967 when the surrounding house was demolished.
     
Also open for the day:  

 

 

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