History Comes Alive in Skippack
Update: The 2013 Revolutionary War Encampment at the Historic IndenHofen Farmstead will be held Saturday, September 28 (10 am to 5 pm,) and Sunday,September 29 (11 am to 4 pm). The IndenHofen Farmstead is located at Route 73 & Evansburg Road.
Revolutionary War Encampment: Great History Makes for Great Fun
Imagine, dear reader, a simpler time: No cell phones, no digital media, no reality TV shows, just plain old reality and humanity’s endless struggle to cope with it.
You can see history come alive at our Revolutionary War Encampment, a commemoration of General George Washington’s Encampment in Skippack Township. See soldiers from the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment set up camp, drill and fire their muskets, watch reenactments showing daily life during the Revolutionary War period and demonstrations of colonial cooking and trades, enjoy historic home and barn tours, and much more.
The fun of a historic military encampment without the personal sacrifice required back in 1777. Sponsored by the Skippack Historical Society.
To see photos from this great event, scroll down. See also our Song for the Living History of Skippack.
Timeless: Just two adorable little girls, Revolutionary War era sugar and spice
Morris Ryan (left) with his grandfather Walton Johnson. Morris and Walt’s ancestors came to Skippack in the 1680s. Walt is one of the directors of Skippack Historical Society.
An officer in the Continental Army, 6th Philadelphia Regiment
Getting psyched: A private from the 6th Philadelphia Regiment gets ready for a bayonet charge.
Douglas Shupinski, a local historian and writer, also a graduate of U.S. Naval Academy and former officer in the Marine Corps, gave a captivating talk. Looking forward to reading his book “A Glimpse of Freedom,” available on Amazon.
Connie Unangst demonstrates open hearth cooking: Visit www.colonialhearthcooking.com.
Beautiful then, beautiful now: Old Glory when she had 13 stars flying at Indenhofen Farm in Skippack.
Showing her stuff: Betsy Ross with the first national flag. While in Skippack, Betsy demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star with a single snip of the scissors.
Musical interlude: Players from the Indian Valley Dulcimer Society.
Life is not meant to be all work and no play: George Vinter Sr, a demonstrator of 18th and 19th century toys, adds a touch of play to Washington’s Encampment in Skippack. For info, call 215-541-9398.
An early American doll from the collection of George Vinter Sr, a demonstrator of 18th and 19th century toys and games.
Bringing history alive: Training new recruits of the 6th Philadelphia Regiment.
A collection of model soldiers belonging to Lee Hallman, also a collector of American Indian artifacts. For info, call 215-679-0441.
A precious example of beauty past: Inside the Indenhofen Farmhouse, preserved and restored by the Skippack Historical Society.
A craftsman at work: Dana Osterman, a blacksmith and signsmith, demonstrates how to create a wooden handle for a hammer, the fine, old-fashioned way. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a cool, laid-back eighteenth century dude: My friend Ben Webb, president of the Skippack Historical Society.
Debby studying an historical map of Skippack
Things that make you go Hmmm: Debby seems awfully pleased to have her picture taken with a handsome soldier from the 6th Philadelphia Regiment.