Revolutionary War Reenactment in Easton

Experience living history at the largest Revolutionary War Reenactment in CT since 2009 when the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment and other regiments including cavalry encamp on the Morehouse Fields of Samuel Staples Elementary School. This weekend reenactment is co-sponsored by the Easton’s Historical Society and the Parks and Recreation Department. This family friendly event takes place in Easton, on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday Sept. 20 and something for everyone — where you can see, smell, hear, and touch history in a truly unique way.

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.

More than 125 reenactors of the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment and other volunteers will portray Patriot and British Military Regiments setting up camp, performing drills, skirmishing and recreating the burning of Morehouse Farm. Children can drill with the regimental soldiers and watch as they fire their weapons. Besides military drills and a cavalry demonstration, attendees may be amazed at a surgical demonstration highlighting the treatments and remedies available to the army surgeon on the colonial battlefields. See exhibits of uniforms, clothing, fashions of the day, feeling the various textiles which were available during the American Revolutionary war. Spend the early evening taking a candlelit tour of the camp site and watching a cannon pyrotechnic demonstration. Through interaction with the reenactors, 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 historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.

On Sunday, the 20th, Rev. Amanda Ostrove from the Congregational Church of Easton will hold an outdoor colonial period church service in which the public are welcome to attend, watch and/or participate. What is special about this congregation is the Church or Meeting House actually existed during the Revolutionary War!

The 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment is made up of individuals who enjoy learning and teaching about early American history. Members include men, women, and children from the surrounding areas who are dedicated to the creation of a living history experience for many communities. By including women and children in the regiment, a broader representation of colonial life beyond the military is brought to each event.

This Regiment, created in 1974, is based on the original 5th Connecticut regiment which served 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 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, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10-3:30, at 515 Morehouse Road, Easton. The event runs rain or shine. Food vendors will be on-site. The admission cost for the event will be as follows: For both days: $20 per Adult, $15 per Child, Children under 8 admitted free. For one day: $15 per Adult, $10 per Child. There will be a $5 parking fee. A discount is available on tickets purchased prior to September 5th through the follow link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1996120.

To learn more about the 5th Connecticut, visit www.5cr.org. For more information contact the Historical Society of Easton at 203-292-3533, by email: [email protected] or visit our website: www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.

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