Celebrate Easton Revolutionary War Weekend Reenactment
5th CT Regiment Revolutionary War Re-enactment The Burning of the Morehouse Farm
Please join the Historical Society of Easton and Easton's Parks and Recreation Department, co-sponsors, for two days of living history Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th when more than 65 re-enactors from the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment encamps on the fields of Samuel Staples Elementary School. The two day event will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Come see, smell, hear, and touch history in a truly unique way.
The 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment will set up camp, perform drills, skirmish and recreate the burning of Morehouse Farm. There will be a surgical demonstration highlighting the treatments and remedies available to the army surgeon on the colonial battlefields. A Fife and Drum marching band will add flourish while attendees may be amazed at a period fashion show. Children can drill with the regimental soldiers and watch as they fire their weapons. Spend the early evening taking a candlelit tour of the camp site and watching a cannon demonstration. Learn about life at camp and on the home front from soldiers, surgeons, cooks, spies, and other colonial re-enactors. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.historicalsocietyofeaston.org/upcoming-events/.
On July 18, 1782, Lt. Ebenezer Morehouse was taken prisoner by a British raiding party of approximately 60 men who landed at Compo Beach, Westport from their schooner. The raiding party was bent on plundering and destruction. Also captured were Benjamin Allen, William Allen, Abraham Elwood, Thomas Phillips and Nathaniel Johnson. Morehouse so irritated his captors that the British marched to his farm and burned it.
The 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment is made up of local individuals that enjoy learning and teaching about the history of America. Members include men, women, and children from the surrounding areas that are dedicated to the creation of a living history experience for their community. By including women and children in the regiment, a broader representation of colonial life beyond the military is brought to each event.
This Regiment was created in 1974 and is based on the original 5th Connecticut regiments during the Revolutionary War. The original 5th Connecticut was mustered in May 1775 as one of the six regiments formed by Connecticut in response to the events at Lexington and Concord, MA. It was made up of officers and men from Fairfield County. Easton (which was then part of Fairfield) would have sent soldiers to this regiment. Due to illness and casualties, the regiment only lasted one year. It was re-formed in early 1777 under the direction of Colonel Philip Burr Bradley. As the regiment was being mustered, the British launched the raid on Danbury and Colonel Bradley responded with roughly 50 untrained troops. The 5th Connecticut played a vital role in the defense of Ridgefield and two of its soldiers, Private Bradley Dean and Sergeant Clement Lloyd, were killed. The connection to local history makes this event a truly spectacular opportunity for the Historical Society of Easton.
This family friendly two-day event will surely be fun for children and adults of all ages. We look forward to sharing this aspect of local history with you and hope you enjoy the hands-on approach to learning about the past. Please join us on Saturday September 19th between 10 AM to 9 PM and Sunday September 20th from 10 AM to 3:30 PM at 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT. The event will run rain or shine. The admission cost for the event will be as follows: For both days: $20 per Adult, $15 per Child, Children under 8 will be admitted for free. For one day: $15 per Adult, $10 per Child. There will be a $5 parking fee. Early bird tickets are available until 9/12, get two days admission for the price of one.
To learn more about the 5th Connecticut, please visit their website: www.5cr.org. For more information please contact the Historical Society of Easton at (203) 292-3533, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.
Samuel Staples Elementary School (View)
515 Morehouse Road
Easton, CT 06612
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