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Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day & Battlefield Twilight Reenactment
Washington Lecture

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – 11AM-4PM with reenactment at twilight

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.

We are happy to announce that at the conclusion of our Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day on Saturday, September 23rd we will be presenting free twilight re-enactment of the Battle of Paoli on the historic Paoli Battlefield

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 Gene Pisasale, Bruce Mowday, Michael Harris, Nancy Loane and Rebecca Pisasale will be signing their books for purchase. You can also 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. Our good friends at the  Colonial Plantation and other organizations will have kids crafts and games to share with the family. 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.

To close out the main events of the day we will have a veterans recognition ceremony.  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.  The Chester County Emerald Society Band will lead the 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. A bugler will play taps, which will then be followed by a firing salute by our re-enactors.

We’d like to thank our food vendors Cafe Bonu, Scoops & Smiles and McDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes which will be selling food and drinks to everyone.

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.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor, or in participating or volunteering for this event? Contact us today!

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