Revolutionary War Reenactments & Events

The American Revolution otherwise known as The War for American Independence is recorded in history books as starting in 1775, but the conflict with King George and Britain began much earlier. Taxation and lack of representation led to an uprising that shocked the world. Today living history enthusiasts recreate an important era in American history by participating in events that bring history alive.

All event information is taken directly from the Event’s website. Please contact the organizers to make sure that the event hasn’t been cancelled for some unforeseen reason.       Submit your event here.

 June 27-28, 2015
Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga
Location: Elizabethton, TN
Site: Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
Website: http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org/

Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

Step back in time 239 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga giving visitors a glimpse of life in 1776. A myriad of activities will unfold throughout the weekend such as militia drill and training, artillery firing demonstrations, open hearth cooking, tomahawk throwing and a special reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday at 1:00 followed by a short celebration.

Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun. The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, June 27th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, June 28th.

 
July 11-12, 2015
Battle of Huck’s Defeat
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Site: Historic Brattonsville
Website: http://chmuseums.org/event/1763/

During the American War for Independence (1775-1783) the Piedmont region or “backcountry” of the two Carolinas and Georgia was the scene of some of the most intense warfare of the entire conflict. Often referred to as “America’s first civil war,” the Revolution in the Carolina Backcountry divided families and pitted neighbor against neighbor.

Captain Christian Huck was part of this warfare, but why did he come to the Backcountry and what was he responsible for here in the Brattonsville community? Bring the family and learn the answers to these questions and more as you stroll through the encampments and interact with reenactors. There will be hands-on demonstrations throughout the site and battle reenactments each day. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will offer food concessions, and there will be period items for sale along merchants row.

Adults: $8; Seniors: $6; Youth 4-17: $4; 3 and under free. CHM members free.

Schedule:

Saturday, July 11

  • 10:00………..Site opens to public
  • 10:00–4:00…Ongoing Encampment & Site Interpretation. Meet unit members to learn more on the differing perspectives of regulars and militia.
  • 11:00………..Stallings/Williams Battle
  • 12:00………..Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • 12:00………..Children’s Militia Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1:30………….Unit formation and Inspection
  • 2:00………….Battle of Huck’s Defeat
  • 3:00………….Children’s Militia Drill
  • 3:30………….Report of Huck’s Defeat to Cornwallis
  • 4:00………….Public Program ends

Sunday, July 12

  • 10:00………..Site opens to public
  • 10:00-3:00…Ongoing Encampment & Site Interpretation. Meet unit members to learn more on the differing perspectives of regulars and militia.
  • 11:00………..18th Century Worship Service
  • 12:00………..Children’s Militia Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 12:00………..Milita vs. Regulars – Material differences discussion
  • 1:00………….Parade of soldiers
  • 1:30………….Unit formation and Inspection
  • 2:00………….Battle of Hanging Rock
  • 3:00………….Event ends

August 1-2, 2015
Great Road Encampment
Location: Elliston, VA
Site: Eastern Montgomery Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/779485972120920/

This is an 18th Century Encampment. It will feature demonstrations by 18th Century Reenactors and presentations on the history of The Great Road. Plus we will have The Virginia Company of Roger’s Rangers along with wonderful display on 18 Century Medicine and a Detached Military Hospital, Storytelling and much more. There are no admission charges. August 1st and 2nd!!!

October 3-4, 2015
Festifall
Location: Roebuck, SC
Site: Walnut Grove Plantation
Contact: (864) 576-6546
Website:  http://www.spartanburghistory.org/walnut-grove-plantation/

Walnut Grove Plantation comes to life the first weekend in October as over 100 re-enactors, storytellers and artisans transform the 1767 homestead into a living colonial village. The event begins on Saturday October 3 and continues through Sunday October 4 with music, dancing, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, basketry, candle dipping, and much more!  Historic re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1781 raid on the Plantation will also take place on both days and are not to be missed! Festifall is part of Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend and is presented in partnership with Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and the City of Gaffney.  Plan to visit all of our partners for an experience that is truly revolutionary!

  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Admission (per day): Saturday & Sunday – $10/Ages 18+; $5/Ages 5-17; SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket.

Call (864) 596-3501 or email julius.dargan@spartanburghistory.org for more information.

November 7-8, 2015
45th Annual Revolutionary War Field Days
Location: Camden, SC
Website:   http://www.historic-camden.net/nov.htm

South Carolina’s Revolutionary War years come alive as some 500 re-enactors interpret life on the Southern Campaign trail.  At 1:30 pm cannons roar as Redcoats and Patriots portray Southern Campaign battle tactics on an expanded battlefield on the lower grounds of the museum, followed by military courts martial scenarios. Watch period craftsmen ply their trades.  Listen to civilian interpreters share their lifestyles as you stroll through the camps.  Enjoy shopping at the 17 nifty shops on Sutlers Row and watching a period fashion show. Lots of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.  A fantastic, fun family outing. Daily from 10-5 pm, admission is $10/adults,$5/Seniors over 62 and military, $5/ages 6-12 and under six free, $25/family package (2 adults, 3 kids under 12). Food concessions and free parking.  No pets, please. Historic Camden, 222 Broad Street in Camden, SC, 1.4 miles on Hwy 521 North from I-20/Exit 98.

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