Travel back in time to the American Revolution at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH. On Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 from 10 am to 4 pm, the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary era will come to life at a colonial market fair with 18th century craftspeople and artisans at work, while the militia gathers to train in preparation for joining General Washington’s forces against the British.
At this two-day living history encampment, artisans in period attire will demonstrate crafts such as joinery, coopering, printing, and gun smithing, along with hearth cooking and other aspects of everyday life in the 18th century. At the same time, the militia men will perform musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag as they muster to join General Washington’s army for the next campaign.
Commemorating 240 years since the Battles of Saratoga, a turning point in the war in the fall of 1777, the event will highlight the local history of those who signed on with the three New Hampshire Continental Army regiments which were in the thick of the fight and the thousands who served in the militia to support them.
The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public; free for children and ARCH members. For more information, visit the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.