It is occupy Haddonfield this weekend as the British Army is set to do battle with a group New Jersey colonial volunteers. And you can be right in the middle of the action.
Re-enactors portraying loyalists to the King of England and a group of rebel volunteers playing the part of New Jersey colonists will participate in an encampment, march and skirmish to mark the 235th anniversary of the British occupation of Haddonfield.
The first musket will fire on Saturday morning, June 1st, as the Continental Army will occupy the Historical Society of Haddonfield building at 343 Kings Highway East while the rival British troops will set up their camp a block away at the Indian King Tavern at 233 Kings Highway East.
Around 1 p.m. the New Jersey volunteers will march down the highway to challenge the British troops and according to organizers the re-enactment should take about 30 minutes. Don’t look for the re-enactors to re-write the skirmish as the history books document the Red Coats will chase the Continentals out of town before raiding the wine cellar at the Indian King Tavern.
Kings Highway will afford visitors not only a great chance to witness the battle but also to meet and greet the rivaling re-enactors. The roadway will be closed to traffic for much of the day to allow for the festivities.
Once the smoke of the battle clears, visitors of all ages can step into the action and pay a visit to the Indian King Tavern. It is a must-see for guests looking to quench their thirst of the Revolutionary War Era. The one-time watering hole, a state-owned historic site operated with the assistance of the Friends of the Indian King Tavern, is where the New Jersey Rebel Assembly met in 1777 and fought a battle with the British who were occupying the state.
With its period rooms and historical details, the building is now a museum dedicated to the colonies fight for freedom from the British crown. The tavern, with its huge second-floor meeting hall, served as a major political and administrative center for the Continental war effort. When New Jersey’s main legislative body was forced to evacuate its offices in the Battle of Trenton, lawmakers relocated to the Indian King Tavern. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was formally read into the minutes of the New Jersey Assembly and the colony officially changed from a British territory into one of the United States of America.
For more information visit: http://haddonfieldhistory.org/