Event Details

Redcoats and Rebels

Time: August 1, 2015 at 9:30am to August 2, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: osv, summer, redcoats, rebels
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Jul 30, 2015

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Event Description

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.

Daytime events on both days include activities such as:

    Mock battles and skirmishes
    Tours of the British and American camps
    "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations
    18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing
    Cannon demonstrations
    Musket drilling with kids
    Martial music
    Help with camp laundry
    Learn scouting techniques during "Reconnoiter with a Ranger"
    Drilling and inspection of the troops

Visit the battlefield hospital - see small pox innoculations and treatment of the wounded after the battles

See the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier - including delivery of uniforms, pay calls, and prisoner exchanges

    Play 18th-century baseball
    Attend a "Service for the Troops"
    Learn 18th-century dances
    Explore interactive miniature war gaming

Twilight Encampment
On Saturday, stay for special extended hours; the Village will be open until 8:00 p.m. (but exhibits will not be open) and visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for the evening program. Hear a cannon barrage and at 6:00 p.m.  (The Village will close at its normal time, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.)

Food and beverages will be available for sale in the Village Cafe and Bullard Tavern Cafeteria. Grilled items and ice cream, as well as wine and beer will also be sold in the Village. Visitors may bring in their own food, but no outside alcohol is allowed.

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