Claire Mickletz, Brandywine Creek State Park, 302- 655-5740 or 302-739-3046, Claire.Mickletz@state.de.us; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks 302-739-9175, Necia.Beck@state.de.us
Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Brandywine Creek State Park
GREENVILLE (Aug. 28, 2012) – During the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16, the rolling hills of Brandywine Creek State Park will be transformed into a Revolutionary War battlefield. More than 1,000 historical re-enactors from 11 states from New Hampshire to South Carolina will come to recreate the Battle of the Brandywine, one battle in the pivotal Philadelphia Campaign of 1777. The Revolutionary War re-enactment is hosted by Brandywine Creek State Park and the 2d Virginia Regiment re-enactors.
On Sept. 15 and 16, the re-enactors portraying both British and Continental soldiers will set up camp in the park. The re-enactors will conduct a “sham battle” during which the troops will face off and follow commands of their officers. The battles will include artillery fire and a cavalry demonstration. The groups will also perform military drills. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Noah Lewis’ portrayal of Ned Hector, an African American Revolutionary War hero who fought for American independence in the Colonial Army.
Merchants, or “sutlers,” from Del., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Ohio will bring items for sale, ranging from food to clothing and other accessories. Historical interpreters dressed in authentic clothing will be on hand throughout the park to answer questions.
In August 1777, British General Howe landed at the northernmost spot in the Chesapeake Bay and marched toward Philadelphia. After a skirmish with the Continental forces at what is now Cooch’s Bridge, the British continued their march and clashed with George Washington at the Battle of the Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777.
After defeating Washington, the British marched into Philadelphia. The Battle of Cooch’s Bridge was the only Revolutionary War battle to take place on Delaware soil.
Tickets are $15 per car, per day. Delaware State Parks Annual Pass holders will receive a $2 discount. Two-day tickets may be purchased in advance, by Wednesday, Sept. 12, for $25. Tickets and more information are available by calling 302-655-5740 or visiting destateparks.com/revwar2012.
Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road. More information about the park and its programs is available at 302-655-5740 or destateparks.com. More information about the 2d Virginia Regiment is available at www.secondvirginia.org.
Vol. 42, No. 336