Join us on Saturday, September 23rd 2017 as we present our 5th annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day, featuring our Military Timeline starting at the French and Indian War and going through to present day. With the help of our friends from Historical Military Impressions and the PA National Guard see re-enactors from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and today’s conflicts in camps and displaying the dress and items they carried into battle. Interact with the soldiers, see the weapons they used and learn about the clothing and other gear that these soldiers needed to outfit themselves on the battlefield. Live firing exercises will take place throughout the day, as well as many other programs.
See the displays and learn about many of our local historical sites, learn crafts with special demonstrations, and buy goods from the craftspeople that will be at the battlefield.
Authors Bruce Mowday, Gene Pisasale, Phyllis Recca, and Sheilah Vance will be signing their books for purchase.
See Ben Franklin demonstrate his great inventions, and of course shot the Wall Gun!!
Of course we will have our firing demos and this year will welcome Steve Bradney from the 1st Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster County.
We’d like to thank our food vendors Cafe Bonu and McDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes which will be selling food and drinks to everyone.
Our good friends at the Colonial Plantation and East Goshen Township Historical Commission will have kids crafts and games to share with the family.
Register your kids with our Paoli Passport. The first 200 kids entered will win a prize pack, and we will have drawings for bigger prizes throughout the day. We will have a Grand Prize drawing right before the veteran’s ceremony.
Join in on our Children’s Musters and drill with wooden muskets, play-act loading a cannon and leading a bayonet charge” with our friend Ned Hector (aka Noah Lewis). Have your kids complete in our kid’s games.
See General George Washington inspect the troops.
Learn more about the Battle of Paoli and why it was coined the “Paoli Massacre” by the patriots. See the 2nd oldest War Memorial in the United States, atop the grave of 52 Continental Soldiers killed at the Battle of Paoli.
Sing along with the Sea Dogs.
Experience a Duel between a loyalist and a patriot.
Face Painting & Balloon Tricks by Merrily the Clown.
Sing along with Rockin Thru History with popular song writer and singer Damien Drago
Visit military vehicles from our friends at Greater Pennsylvania Military Vehicle Historical Society. WWII Jeep and Medical Setup, WC54 Ambulance, M-37, M-274 Mule, 1941 Dodge WC-12, and re-enactors and displays.
To close out the day we will have a veterans recognition ceremony. State Representative Duane Milne and others will talk about the history and sacrifice our fighting men and women have faced keeping our country free. Our re-enactors will march out of camp and will then lay wreaths at the mass grave site of the 52 patriots who perished during the Battle of Paoli on September 20-21, 1777. A bugler will play taps, which will then be followed by a firing salute by our re-enactors.
This year we will be dedicating a new memorial at the Paoli Memorial Grounds. The Veterans from Korea to present day will be honored with this new memorial.
Admission is by a donation of $8.00 per person, Children and Veterans are $5.00, and a special Family Rate is $20.00 (up to 5 people).
Get your Chester County Veteran’s ID at our event. Must present this card to get the Veteran’s discount. For more information on the Chester County Veteran’s ID card Click here.
Links of our Attendees (so far):
Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society
State Representative Duane Milne
Sam Davis – General George Washington
Hale Brynes House
Lewis Boughner – Crafter
Lynn King – Old Time Mountain Dulcimer
East Goshen Township Historical Commission – Crafts
Admission is by a donation of $8.00 per person, Veteran’s and children are $5.00, and a special family rate is $20.00 (up to 5 people).