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Revolutionary War reenactment, encampment May 12, 13 in Willard

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

WILLARD — The British are coming and eighth-grade students at Willard Middle School are mustering into the militia May 11 and 12 for the 13th annual Revolutionary War reenactment and encampment.

Students will reenact famous events and battle scenes from the era, like the Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the surrender at Yorktown.

Step back in time as these young adults in period clothing demonstrate home and daily life of minutemen and colonial citizens. Learn about crafts and activities such as tin punching, paper making, land surveying, military drilling, hearth kettle cooking, food preservation, knitting, pottery, spinning and so much more. Gen. George Washington even may make an appearance.

After completing an application, including primary source research and first-person character sketch on a Revolutionary War soldier who moved to the Firelands of Ohio, 22 students have earned the opportunity to participate in a dinner and ball. The evening activity will be completed with live vocal and instrumental music. These eighth-graders will also spend the night in the encampment. Saturday morning they will portray life in the encampment for the community.

For more information, go to https://willardrevwar.com.

Reenactment schedule for May 11-12:

Friday

9 a.m. Line up in period clothing

9:15 Official flag raising

9:30-10:30 Station 1

10:30-11:30 Station 2

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12-1 p.m.  Station 3

1-2 Battle scenes

2-3:15 Station 4

3:15-4:30 Station 5

4:30-5:30 Battle scenes

5:30-6 Clean up/change clothing

Overnight program

Dinner will be inside this year

6 p.m. Military Ball Formal introduction

6:15-7 Dinner with Gen. George Washington

7-7:30 Washington Addresses the troops

7:30-8:30 Dances as well as vocal and instrumental music

9-11 Campfire (continue in first-person); clean up for Saturday

11-12 Astronomy lesson

12 a.m. Lights out

Saturday

6 a.m. Rise and Shine/ Change clothes

6:30-7 Breakfast - Martha Washington’s hoecakes and drinking chocolate

7-9 Prepare for the Colonial Trade Faire. Help set up

9-2 Camp life with community, demonstrate 18th century skills, battle

Games and food stations going all day

9 Spinning and knitting

10 Clay/espionage

11 Dutch milliners

12 p.m. Music and dancing

1 Battle scenes

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