Family friendly outdoor living history event at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown!
Explore 18th century historic food-ways, fashion, music, encampment, drills, and the firings of muskets with over 30 costumed interpreters and see what a detachment of Hanover Militia could have looked like at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
In April of 1775 Royal Governor Lord Dunmore stole a portion of the gunpowder supply of the colony of Virginia from the magazine at Williamsburg. On May 2, Patrick Henry would lead 60 mounted volunteers, known as the “Hanover Independent Company,” to rally at Newcastle on the Pamunkey River and ride with him to demand the powder’s return or just compensation. The remainder of the Hanover militia stood ready, under arms, training, and ready for the coming revolution.
Demonstrations will include:
10am-5pm: Cooking will be ongoing throughout the day in the kitchen.
11am and 2pm: “Shoulder Your Firelock” Drill Demonstration – (Front Yard of the house)
12 noon and 3pm: “The Sound of Discipline” Music Demonstration (Steps of the house)
1pm: “What do I put in my Backpack?” (demonstration specifically for children) (Camp)
4pm: “All Free Men 16 to 50 Years” Militia Inspection and Dismissal (Front Yard of the house)
See our event page for more details or call (804) 227-3500