EVENTS

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The Skirmish

The Skirmish Begins at 2:00 pm

The British invade Haddonfield and the Skirmish begins! The British will be be challenged by Continental troops, just as they did 244 years ago — in June 1778. Redcoats on horseback will charge, muskets will be fired, and the Continentals will try to stop the redcoats before they head off to the Battle at Monmouth. There will be plenty of sidewalk space for viewing and cheering along Kings Highway and the conflict should take about 20 minutes.

Scroll down to view a complete listing of the day’s events or view a condensed and printable pdf of the events HERE.

ALL DAY

Multiple Events

Colonial Displays in Store Windows

Town Criers & Haddonfield 65 Club Constables Strolling the Town

Press Check-In / Info Table Outside of Masonic Lodge

Multiple Events at this Location: Downtown

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Breakfast with the Troops

Enjoy breakfast with the Colonial Troops (a charge applies). Hosted by the Haddonfield Lions Club. $15 for adults, $10 for children. Must arrive before 11:00 am

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Pony Rides ($10)

9:45 am

Flag-Raising

10:00 am

Liberty Pole Capping

10:00 am 

Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Additional Cost

Location: Starting at The Historical Society

Historic Building walking tour starting at Historical Society of Haddonfield (additional cost).

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Sword & Swagger Colonial-Era Sword Fighting

Location: In front of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Betsy Ross Quilting Workshop

Revolutionary Era-Themed Clay Workshop

Who was Betsy Ross and how did her artistic skills lead her to become essential in the Revolutionary War? Join Markeim Arts Center on June 4 to meet Betsy Ross and hear her story in her own words. While you’re here, pop into the clay studio to create your own Revolutionary War themed clay piece

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10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Information Table

Location: In front of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

History Faire at Masonic Temple

Many historical exhibits. Free Skirmish Bags for first visitors (while supplies last).

Learn more about the Revolutionary War and our area’s role in it, from historic exhibits such as Barclay Farmstead, the Museum of the American Revolution and the Pennsauken Historical Society’s displays in the majestic Masonic Temple on Kings Highway.

Stephen Goldhahn ( www.stephen.goldhahn.com ) is a local writer and author of the historical sci-fi mystery novel, “Greenwich: The Final Project,” which takes the reader back to Colonial (1774) New Jersey on the eve of the American Revolution. Haddonfield is prominently featured in the novel. Steve is also an active board member of the American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey (www.arrtosj.org.)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Colonial-Era Fire-Fighting Apparatus and Equipment

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Raccoon Creek Vineyard Colonial-era Shrub Drink

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free Caricatures

Enjoy free caricatures at the Haddonfield Farmers’ Market – what would you look like as a Redcoat or a Continental?

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet the Queen’s Rangers and Their Horses

Location: Behind Borough Hall

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sea Dogs (Pirates) Singing Shanties and Strolling Kings Highway

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Revolutionary War Surgeon Explains Treatment for Troops

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Chat with Ben Franklin

Location: Strolling around Downtown

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Michael Dooling, author of Colonial book,
Elijah and George

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pillory for Miscreants

Take photos!
Location: In front of the The Guard House
Put that scoundrel in the pillory! Be locked up in front of The Guard House (where prisoners were held in the Revolutionary War).

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free Silhouettes (“Penny Portraits”)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Silversmith and Colonial Jewelry-Making

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10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Colonial Medicine

Refill water bottles, grab a cookie (11am-1pm)

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10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tours of Greenfield Hall, Home of the Historical Society

Two walking tours (at 10 and 12) are $20 but the tours of Greenfield Hall throughout the day are free

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Multiple Events at this Location)

Tours of Indian King Tavern Museum

Blacksmith

Quilling Artist

Rancocas Sutlery

Fiber Arts

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Multiple Events at this Location)

Quiet Space for Children

Sensory Bottle Craft

Colonial Story Walk

Friends of the Library Pop-up Book Sale

Avoid loud noises and enjoy fun and educational activities with your children including sensory bottle creation, colonial reading activities and more. In case a child gets lost, the Library will be full of background checked staff and volunteers to reunite them with their families.

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Colonial Music by Haddonfield Plays & Players 

Enjoy Colonial era music at the Farmers Market; shop the local market while you enjoy the music of an earlier time.

10:30 am

Talk by Ben Franklin

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Colonial Auction

10:30 am – Noon

Colonial-Era Toys and Games

Location: Behind Friends School

11:00 am

The Clash on Kings Highway

Location: In Front of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

Brief clash between units of the Redcoats and the Continentals, in front of the shoppes, on Kings Highway.

11:00 am – Noon

Colonial Dance Lessons

Learn to dance the way George Washington would have danced, with a lesson in colonial dancing at The Haddon Fortnightly.

11:15 am – Noon

Mustering of the Kids by Bill McIlhenny & Sale of Wooden Muskets.

Location: In Front of Indian King Tavern Museum

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Noise Sanctuary

12:00 pm

Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Additional Cost

Location: Starting at The Historical Society

Historic Building walking tour starting at Historical Society of Haddonfield (additional cost).

12:00pm – 12:45 pm

Sword & Swagger Colonial-Era Sword Fighting

Location: In front of Rising Sun Masonic Lodge

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Graveyard Rubbings and Scavenger Hunt

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Strolling Troupe from Plays & Players Performs Songs from The King’s Road

Along Kings Highway, 12 to 1, a troupe from Plays and Players sings music from the show “The Kings Road”, about the Indian King during the Revolution.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Betsy Ross Quilting Workshop

Revolutionary Era-Themed Clay Workshop

Who was Betsy Ross and how did her artistic skills lead her to become essential in the Revolutionary War? Join Markeim Arts Center on June 4 to meet Betsy Ross and hear her story in her own words. While you’re here, pop into the clay studio to create your own Revolutionary War themed clay piece

12:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pony Rides ($10)

12:00 pm 

Battle of the Brews

On the day of The Skirmish, Kings Road Brewing Company will have two Revolutionary beers on tap; the “Revolutionary Red” supporting the British redcoats, and the Ample Vengeance, supporting the Continental Troops. Swing by to grab yours, plus specialty t-shirts on sale!

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Colonial Puppet Show

12:45 pm

Roving Quakers Handing Out Earplugs Before Skirmish

Location: In Front of Borough Hall and Indian King Tavern Museum

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Mustering of the Kids by Bill McIlhenny & Sale of Wooden Muskets

Location: In Front of Indian King Tavern Museum

1:10 pm

Quaker Pacifist Thomas Redman Arrested

Location: In Front of Indian King Tavern Museum

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Speeches by Dignitaries

Location: Steps of Borough Hall

1:45 pm

Yelling Contest

Location: Steps of Borough Hall

On the steps of Borough Hall, the town criers judge who has the loudest voice (the yelling contest) to warn that “the British are coming!”

2:00 pm

Narrative about the Skirmish

Yelling Contest winner announces: “The British are Coming!”

Location: Steps of Borough Hall

2:00 pm

THE SKIRMISH ON KINGS HIGHWAY

Location: In Front of Borough Hall and Indian King Tavern Museum

The British invade Haddonfield and the Skirmish begins! The British will be be challenged by Continental troops, just as they did 244 years ago — in June 1778. Redcoats on horseback will charge, muskets will be fired, and the Continentals will try to stop the redcoats before they head off to the Battle at Monmouth. There will be plenty of sidewalk space for viewing and cheering along Kings Highway and the conflict should take about 20 minutes. 

3:00 pm

Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Blue Star Memorial

Location: In Front of Borough Hall