Sunday, May 14, 2017

WEST MARLBOROUGH: Living history

I have the honor of being a Board member at Primitive Hall, the wonderful 18th-century Pennock homestead in West Marlborough, and on Saturday afternoon I was giving a tour to a group of ladies from the Chester County branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With great enthusiasm I told them that over Memorial Day weekend a group of Revolutionary War re-enactors would be camping out at the Hall. Then I realized that these particular re-enactors are, in fact, British troops ... D'oh!

Loyalists and rebels alike are welcome to stop by and visit with the re-enactors, who portray the members of His Majesty's 40th Regiment, Light Infantry Company. Activities will include building brush huts, roll calls, marching, weapons and tactical drill, cooking, sewing, washing and hygiene, and they will be dressed in uniforms or period clothing throughout the weekend. They've told us that they love having modern visitors.
The Hall (830 N. Chatham Rd.) will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, free of charge. And that evening, adults can join the Company's officers inside the Hall for "Pub Night": "taste ciders, grog, and British ales and try your hand at card games played by British officers during the War for Independence." Pub Night admission is $25.

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