Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade at Historic Deerfield

Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade
Historic Deerfield
Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Go back in time and learn all about the Revolutionary War at Historic Deerfield this weekend!  The museum’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade offers a chance to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of 18th century New England, just as the Revolutionary War was beginning.  Families will find numerous ways to learn and experience history for themselves, and the event is filled with demonstrations and reenactments that will bring history to life!

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The focus for this year’s muster is “The Shot Heard Round the World,” and the events in Concord and Lexington that officially began the country’s fight for freedom from England.  Historical re-enactors will fill the grounds at Historic Deerfield with encampments of soldiers – both American and British – and will perform traditional fife and drum music and act out a small skirmish-style attack.  Families can learn about the traditional dress of a revolutionary soldier, as well as the uniforms, weapons, and even behavior required of a member of the early American army.

Other educational opportunities include demonstrations of open hearth cooking and powder horn carving, house tours, a self-guided Revolution Walk tour, Colonial crafts, and more.  Children can learn about the Revolutionary War through immersion – gaining an understanding of the events that lead to the war and experiencing the culture and traditions of those living during and participating in the war.  They will learn about life as a soldier, as well as life as a villager contributing to the war effort.  Older students can pair their pre-existing knowledge of the Revolutionary War with studies of 18th century life by learning more about the customs of early Americans.

 The event takes place on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine – just as in Revolutionary times!  Historic Deerfield is located on Old Main Street in Deerfield.  Admission to the event is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6-17.  For more information, visit or call 413-775-7214.

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