$10 for a single ticket
$20 for a family (up to 5 people)
Children under 5 FREE
Join us on Saturday, September 19, 2020 as we present an American 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 see re-enactors from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, The Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and (hopefully) the National Guard, 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. See our firing demo and evolution of the guns. Experience a battle between British Forces and Continental Forces. Then close the day with remembrance to all our veterans killed in the line of duty with a wreath laying ceremony at the monuments.
Join the soldiers as they march into camp at 11:00am and then visit each of the camps. 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, John Ebenreiter, and Ruth Zavitsanos will be signing his many books for purchase. See Ben Franklin demonstrate his great inventions. See a colonial Brewer and learn how beer was made back in the early days of our nation. Learn how ice cream was made back in the day. See Military Vehicles from WWII, Dog Training from cadaver dogs. Hear from Molly Pitcher and learn about her role in the Revolutionary War. Learn about Allen McLane and hear about his escapades that helped out General Washington and General Anthony Wayne during the Revolutionary War. See General George Washington as he tours the battlefield. See our friends at Historic Sugartown, Colonial Plantation, Brandywine Battlefield, Thomas Massey House, Hale Byrnes House, Christian Sanderson Museum, Fort Mifflin, Historical Waynesborough and other historic sites around the area. Experience a duel between a loyalist and a patriot. Sit back and enjoy the music Damien Drago. Enjoy our Beer Garden while listening to our DJ play music. We have many food trucks coming, Nick’s Roast Beef, Mobile Mess, Aristocrat Café, Scoops & Smiles, and Big Ben Potato Company. We also have our beer garden for adult beverages.
We have Happy the Clown who will help your kids with face painting and balloon animals. We also have our Paoli Spy Cypher. Help your kids learn decrypt cyphers and learn clues to help them solve a puzzle. Prizes drawings are awarded every hour. We have Penns Woods Puppet Theatre to help entertain the kids.
To close out the day we will have a veteran’s recognition ceremony. We 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, a bagpiper will play Amazing Grace, which will then be followed by a firing salute by our re-enactors.
Admission is by a donation of $10.00 per person and a special Family Rate is $20.00 (up to 5 people). Children under 5 are free.
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.