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British Invasion Expected During Revolutionary War Encampment
Ticket Price: free

Organizers of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum have announced a “surprise” attack by British Redcoats during its fourth annual Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, May 26, from10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 211 Main St., Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, following the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade.

The free event offers visitors the chance to interact closely with members of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment in full Colonial costume, with entertaining demonstrations of marching and musket firing, 18th-century open-fire cookery, and enchanting harp and dulcimer music. Shortly after the regiment partakes of its midday meal, children in attendance will be invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden “muskets.” The British are expected to attack at approximately 1 p.m.

A fascinating display and discussion of the medical and surgical techniques used in the late 1700s, and an exhibit of period clothing and fashions, will also be featured.

While at the encampment, be sure to tour the Webb House and see the completely renovated George Washington bedroom, where America’s most famous general and first president stayed in 1781. While at the Webb House, Washington and French Lieutenant General Jean- Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur Comte de Rochambeau planned the joint military campaign that led to the victory at Yorktown, Virginia, and the end of the American Revolutionary War.