Revolutionary War Muster at Durand-Hedden House in Maplewood
Join the “Jersey Blues” on Sunday, May 15
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – May 2016 – Back by popular demand, the Third New Jersey Regiment re-enactment group returns to Grasmere Park surrounding the Durand-Hedden house 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 15 to set up a living history camp for visitors. The well-known reenactors will accurately demonstrate 18th century military and civilian life activities include tent building, military drills, musket firing, natural dyeing, and weaving. They will also offer the opportunity to examine military and domestic accoutrements and equipment. The event is free (donations appreciated.)
The historic Third New Jersey Regiment, also called the “Jersey Blues” because its coats were blue with red lapels, was mustered during the American Revolution and has a claim to be part of the longest history of any U.S. military unit. Locally in 1780, during the War of Independence, the Regiment assumed defensive positions around Elizabethtown. In June of that year it was the first to engage the British and Hessian invasions from Staten Island. Joined by local militia and the rest of the Jersey Brigade, the Regiment fought a delaying action at Connecticut Farms (Union, NJ). A few days later, on June 23, it was engaged again and fought valiantly as a leading element in the Battle of Springfield, NJ. A year later the “Jersey Blues” also participated in the siege and victory at Yorktown.
Stop by Durand-Hedden’s Country Store to find early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. Open from 12 to 5 every Saturday and Sunday.
About Durand-Hedden House and Garden
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. The Country Store features unique books, maps, and gifts of historical interest, and is open on weekends from noon to 5:00pm. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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