From the Friends of Jerusalem Mill:
Kingsville, Md.-The eighteenth century will once again come alive on the banks of the Little Gunpowder this October during Historic Jerusalem Mill Village’s Revolutionary War reenactment, titled “The Redcoats Are Coming!” and Colonial Craftsmen Weekend. Scheduled for Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature over 200 British and American troops from around the country in a Revolutionary War reenactment, as well as a market faire with sutlers, food, music, demonstrations, kids’ activities, shopping, and more.
The main feature of “The Redcoats Are Coming” is a Revolutionary War battle reenactment, where the Continental soldiers will face off against the Redcoats, firing cannon and shooting rifles in a battle for victory. The soldiers scheduled to participate are members of either The Continental Line, Inc. or The British Brigade, Inc., both national volunteer organizations dedicated to the memories of the soldiers they are portraying and the education of the public on America’s War for Independence. The soldiers, along with their families, will camp on the grounds of Jerusalem Mill Village for the duration of the event, and everything will be completely authentic, from the weapons and the uniforms to the cooking utensils and tents.
The event will also include the annual Colonial Craftsmen Weekend, an eighteenth century market faire. Hand-made crafts and useful items for everyday life will be available for purchase from sutlers and craftsmen. Food will also be sold, or visitors may bring their own picnics.
Other special activities during the weekend include demonstrations of traditional crafts, trades, and cooking throughout the military encampment and the Village. Visitors can take part in militia drills, speak with living history interpreters, listen to traditional music, and experience life in the eighteenth century.
The battle is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Revolutionary War did not actually include a battle at Jerusalem Mill Village, although the Village did exist during the War, having been settled in 1687. Instead, the re-enactors will use a little imagination to create a realistic battle scene, in order to give visitors a sense of what countless communities in the way of the War experienced as the Patriots fought for our independence.
The two-day event serves as a fundraiser to directly support Jerusalem Mill’s history programs, preservation, and restoration efforts.
“The Redcoats Are Coming!” is sponsored by The Friends of Jerusalem Mill (FOJM), in cooperation with the staff of Gunpowder Falls State Park, and is made possible, in part, by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board. The Friends of Jerusalem Mill is a nonprofit membership organization formed in 1985 to restore the gristmill, the most prominent building in the village. In 1987 Jerusalem Mill Village earned a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the gristmill serves as the Museum and Visitor Center , as well as headquarters of the Gunpowder Falls State Park. FOJM hosts an amazing range of events and activities that bring history to life and enable restoration of other surviving structures in one of the most intact mill villages in Maryland. Please visit www.jerusalemmill.org for directions and more information.
Adults – $7.00
Under 16, Seniors (60+ ), Active duty military (with I.D.) – $5.00
Children under 5 – free
Special family price, 2 adults with 3 or more children – $25.00
Jerusalem Mill Village
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087
Visitor’s Center: 410-877-3560