This Saturday, August 18th, I will be participating in an historical reenactment at the Moland House Historic Park in Hartsville, PA. Moland is a 12 acre park, named for John Moland and the house that he and his family lived in during the 18th century. John Moland was a provincial councillor for the British Crown when Pennsylvania was a British colony.
On July 31st, 1777, the Continental Army was marching on its way from New Jersey to Philadelphia. General Greene decided that the area around the Moland House was a good place to camp for the night. The Army was off to Philadelphia the next day. While camping at the “Falls of the Schuylkill” the decision was made to march to New York. On Sunday, the 10th of August, word was received that a large British fleet had been sited off of Delaware Bay. Again, the Continental Army was near the Moland House and decided to camp in the area. Moland House became General George Washington’s Headquarters. Waiting for more word of the British fleet, the Continental Army stayed at Moland until 3:00 am on Saturday, August 23rd. During that stay, the Marquis de Lafayette came to join Washington’s army. Count Casimir Pulaski also joined and the U.S. Cavalry was born at Moland.
The 2012 Moland Reenactment features a host of activities throughout the day, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The Fifth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Army will reenact Washington’s encampment in honor of its 234th anniversary. There will also be a host of historic craft interpreters, including 18th century musicians, coopers, basketmakers, blacksmiths, spinners, 18th century cooking, and of course joiners/cabinetmakers, among others. We’ll have several workbenches set up and will be demonstrating 18th century woodworking tools and methods throughout the day.
Moland House Historic Park is located at 1641 Old York Road, Hartsville, PA. The reenactment takes place this Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, with a rain date of Saturday, August 25th. Admission is very inexpensive and benefits the Warwick Township Historical Society. So if you happen to be in the area, stop by, tour the house and grounds and come and see us at the workbench! I’ll be the guy in the breeches and green waistcoat behind the 5 foor Roubo frame saw :). I hope to see some of you there!