Under the Crown
It is 1780 and the colonies are in rebellion. Charleston is under siege and may have already fallen. The rebel forces were defeated at Savannah last year in 1779. Things are not going well for the American cause but the rebels are not done yet!
This event focuses on the time when the British were in control of the colonies. Historical reenactors will provide a glimpse into the American Revolution and daily life during the British occupation. There will be numerous demonstrations including pottery-making, weaving, spinning, candle making, butter churning, musket firing, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, needlework, woodworking, beehive oven baking and smoking/curing meat. Visitors can play colonial games, sing songs, and sample baked goods at the Sweet Shoppe! You can try your hand at colonial dancing or see if you are fit to join the militia! Be sure to visit with the traders, backwoodsmen, milliner, tavern keeper, and the sutlers. Find period-authentic wares at the Village Mercantile and see the lathe that was used in the movie The Patriot in the New Windsor cabinet shop.
What to Expect
We are always adding new experiences to our program. No two events are the same.
Several special guests from the colonial era will be there with our village regulars. The ever popular, rat catcher, will be roaming the park while Ben Franklin and his wife will be giving presentations in the red barn. Be sure to watch one of the mesmerizing performances by Peter Gardiner, the 18th Century Conjurer. Check the event brochure to see what special guests will be there.
Throughout the park you will find historical reenactors demonstrating what life was like between 1735-1785 in this area. You can try your hand at many things like Colonial dancing or marching in the militia.
The Colonial Trades Fair features local and regional artists who demonstrate their crafts and have items available for sale.
Food & Drink
When you get hungry, The Marine Corp Auxiliary will be selling lunch, snacks, and refreshments at the Ordinary. You can also find contemporary versions of 18th century colonists’ favorite confections and a few more modern desserts at The Sweet Shoppe.