Posted by Rich on May 19, 1999 at 16:50:49:
In Reply to: Rev. War Re-enactment in Reading, PA posted by Jada on May 19, 1999 at 15:01:08:
: Do any of you have any experiences with this kind of thing? I'd love to hear about it if so!
YES!!! We've been to several Revolutionary War re-enactments: The Battle Of Cowpens in South Carolina, The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina ... but the BEST? Lexington Green up in Lexington, MA, not far from Boston.
That takes place every year, on or about April 19, on Patriots' Day, a state holiday. It begins in the dark, with the Lexington militia milling about on the Green, surrounded by historic buildings like Buckman's Tavern & period homes (Yes, it is a "bit" more built up now than it was in 1775, to be sure, but the aura is grand nonetheless!). Paul Revere rides through on horseback, alerting everyone to the British approach. The tension mounts. In the distance, in the cool dawn stillness, can be heard, very faintly at first, the beating of drums & the sweet sound of fifes. The British are coming! The music & marching get louder & louder, nearer & nearer ... The militia nervously fingering their muskets. Finally, the British come into full view & pour, in formation, onto the Green. The mismatch is clearly apparent. I remember becoming overcome with emotion ... these few ragged men, attempting to confront the might of the British Army, hopelessly outnumbered and militarily outclassed. It was that real. You could feel the fear, the tension, the GUTS!
Of course, it is all over in minutes, but the re-enactment continues later in the day at the famous Concord bridge, and then follows the British retreat back towards Boston on Battle Road, which comprises Minuteman National Historic Park.
Jada ... you'll have a memorable time in Reading. Try to catch the Lexington event some year!
I have a small photo gallery of the Lexington site, to be expanded some day, on my Against All Odds site, if you're interested:
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