Experience the Revolutionary War: Encampment returns to Jockey Hollow, April 6-7; concert, too

FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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What was life like for a soldier in George Washington’s Continental Army? How about a soldier’s wife?  Find out this weekend– and enjoy historic songs by troubadour Gordon Thomas Ward.

From the Morristown National Historical Park:

 

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow April 6 and 7, 2019

The Morristown National Historical Park hosts its largest special event of the year.

Free Admission

Jockey Hollow will come to life on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2019, as re-enactors from across the Northeast arrive for the park’s Grand Encampment.

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Young recruit at Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The special event focuses on the life and times of soldiers and civilians during the Revolutionary War. It’s an event full of activities for the whole family.

Highlights for the weekend include demonstrations in camp of cooking, sewing, and other camp chores, military maneuvers and musket firing, and a special “children’s muster,” where children can learn to drill and march like Revolutionary soldiers.

The event opens at 10 am each morning and concludes at 4 pm each afternoon. The schedule is as follows:

 

Saturday, April 6:

  • 10:30 am Inspection of the Troops
  • 11 am Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1 pm Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm Children’s Drill
  • 3 pm Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 pm Children’s Drill
  • 4 pm Camp Competition– Musket Speed Loading and Cannonball Toss

Sunday, April 7:

  • 10:30 am Children’s Drill
  • 12:30 pm Inspection of the Troops
  • 1 pm Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm Children’s Drill
  • 2 pm Camp Competition – Trap Ball and Three Men’s Morris
  • 3 pm Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 4 pm Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening

All activities are free and take place at Jockey Hollow in Harding. The GPS Address is 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Harding, NJ 07980. For more information call 973-539-2016 x-210.

But wait, there’s more!

As part of the park’s annual encampment weekend, Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to welcome back singer/songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward.

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids drill at Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

His performance of stirring tales, told through music and spoken word will capture your attention and imagination. Ward, a Grammy-balloted musician, New Jersey troubadour, popular author, and celebrated storyteller, has entertaining anecdotes and contemporary folk songs which are sure to please.

Listeners will embark upon a captivating journey that may find them in the company of a Revolutionary War soldier, a Rockabye Railroad engineer, Robert Frost, the ghost of the Headless Hessian of New Jersey’s Great Swamp, or transported to the historic Trail of Tears, the Civil War, the trail of Lewis and Clark, and other times and places! This presentation has something special for everyone!

Ward will perform at 2 pm, Sunday, April 7, at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

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