Living history encampment at Middleton Place

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

Hear the fife and drums and smell the gun powder at the two-day event commemorating the 232nd anniversary of General Nathanael Greene’s encampment of the Southern Army at Middleton Place during the Revolutionary War. As George Washington’s second-in-command, Greene’s mission was to keep the British suppressed in Charles Towne, and the Southern Army had several clashes with British and Loyalist forces throughout the Low Country in the fall of 1782. Living History Days celebrate the men and women who enabled the Southern Army to complete this mission and shape the United States of America with daily presentations the weekend of April 5 and 6.

Costumed historians will portray General Greene’s Army as it was encamped here in 1782. Programs and interactive demonstrations focusing on Continental Army tactics and camp life, British prisoners of war and military field medicine will take place all weekend. Living History interpreters will demonstrate period crafts, labor and leisure activities such as open hearth cooking, carpentry and coopering, blacksmithing, pottery and stone carving. Children will be able to test their skill with toys and games of the period as well as writing with a quill.

Living History Days activities are complimentary with regular admission. Camp will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Light picnic fare will be available at the Garden Market and Nursery, and the Middleton Place Restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with an Edna Lewis inspired luncheon of Low Country favorites.

In addition, the Inn at Middleton Place (located a short stroll from the encampment) is offering a special room rate to Living History guests who would like to stay the evening of the event (subject to availability). Contact the Inn for reservations at 843-556-0500.

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