Calendar of Events

Please submit items to post upcoming Southern Campaigns programs and events of interest to Revolutionary War researchers and history buffs.  Before you go, always call ahead to confirm events and admission policies.  SCAR does not sponsor or endorse any event listed except those specifically identified as SCAR events below.

October 15, 2017 – Yorktown, Va. –  The 236th anniversary of America’s victory at Yorktown will be marked with artillery demonstrations and hands-on interpretive programs at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open house tours at Yorktown Battlefield, and special events in Historic Yorktown.  The American Revolution Museum will present a variety of hands-on experiences, artillery firings, and military music as part of its annual “Yorktown Victory Celebration” event. Stories of citizens and soldiers of the American Revolution unfold at the expansive history museum through an introductory film, exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.  Visitors to the Continental Army encampment will discover aspects of military life, from enlistment to troop supplies and flintlock muskets to 18th-century medical care, take part in daily artillery demonstrations at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and interact with re-enactors from the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line. Military music will be performed on both days at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, with the Fifes and Drums of York Town on Saturday and Field Musick Virginia on Sunday. At the Revolution-era farm, visitors can lend a hand with period cooking and take part in processing plant fibers for cloth and dying fabric.  Indoors, visitors can take in the “Liberty Fever” introductory film, tour immersive exhibition galleries, including “The Siege of Yorktown” experiential theater with special effects. “Leaders of the American Revolution,” a 30-minute overview of the leaders, battles and key events, will be held each hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition chronicles the post-war lives of Siege of Yorktown veterans, including Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, James Lafayette, and the Marquis de Lafayette.  The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, is located on Route 1020. Admission is charged. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.

October 17, 2017 – Yorktown, Va. –  The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown events will honor the Marquis de Lafayette, including excerpts of the “La Fayette” ballet at 4:00 pm. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, is located on Route 1020. Programs are included with museum admission. Admission is charged. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.

October 18, 2017 – Yorktown, Va. –  “Lafayette’s Grand Tour of 1824” by Alan Hoffman, president of the American Friends of Lafayette, at 1:30 pm; “The Lafayette Trail” by French historian and geographer Julien Icher at 2:15 pm; and “Lafayette and Human Rights” by Diane Shaw, director of special collections at Lafayette College, at 4:00 pm.  Programs are included with museum admission.  The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, is located on Route 1020 . Admission is charged. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.

October 19, 2017 – Yorktown, Va. – Yorktown Day – Colonial National Historical Park Annual Commemorative Event.  Morning wreath-laying ceremonies and the official Yorktown Day Parade begins at 10:30 am. The route will follow Yorktown’s Main Street and pass in front of the Monument to Alliance and Victory. Included in the 35 parade units are representatives of all branches of the U.S. military, fife and drum corps – including the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps – JROTC and NJROTC units, and patriotic organizations.  Patriotic exercises will commence at the Monument to Alliance and Victory at 11:15 am with the annual parade of flags that includes the 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard and flags of the 13 Yorktown Day Association members. At the conclusion of the patriotic exercises, a wreath will be placed on the monument in memory of those who fought and died during the siege of Yorktown in 1781.  The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps will perform at 12:30 pm at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, and Revolutionary War guided tours by Living History Associates will be offered at 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm and 3:45 pm.  On October 19, admission to Yorktown Battlefield will be free as part of the Yorktown Day celebration.  For more information, call (757) 898-2410 or visit www.nps.gov/colo.

October 23, 2017 – Lexington, SC – SCAR Fellow Charles B. Baxley will present a program on the latest research on the Battle of Eutaw Springs at the Godfrey Dreher Chapter, SAR.  Join the SAR compatriots for a “Dutch Treat” dinner before the presentation at the Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant, Oak Grove…4616 Augusta Road (US Hwy. 1) on the West Columbia side of Lexington.  Meal orders for dinner are taken from 6:00 pm-6:45 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. The program is free and the public is invited. For more information contact Don Simmons coachsimm@gmail.com.

October 24, 2017 – Washington, DC – The Society of the Cincinnati presents “Officers and Comrades-in-Arms: The Social Community of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.”  Join Historian Rachel Engl as she explores the emotional bonds soldiers developed during the Revolutionary War and how these relationships sustained them through the conflict and affected their postwar lives. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end.  6:00 pm.  The public is invited, free admission.  At the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/public

October 25, 2017 – Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear American Revolution Roundtable presents SCAR Fellow Charles B. Baxley who will speak on the 20 Carolinas Revolutionary War Battlefields Mapping Project.  At the Burgwin-Wright House on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets.  Meeting begins at 7:00 pm; come by about 6:30 pm.

October 27-28, 2017 – Manning, SC – 15th Francis Marion Symposium.  Southern Campaign, Revolutionary War and Gen. Francis Marion topics will be included, as well as Evenings of Revolutionary War History Dinner Theaters, “Times of Francis Marion.”  Tentative presentations agenda: Erick Nason: Rangers from NY to SC to Sullivan’s Island – “A Warm Summer’s Day, the Battle of Fort Sullivan” – 1776; Christopher Hendricks: Battle of Savannah or Attempt to retake Savannah, 1779; MargaretPeggy” Pickett: Rebecca Motte in person; Al Truesdale: “When France Opened its Veins: the Influence of the French Huguenots”; Sheila Ingle: “Patriots in Petticoats”; Wade Kolb, III: “Captured at Kings Mountain, The Journal of Uzal Johnson, a Loyalist Surgeon”; Karen MacNutt:  Blacksmiths & the Revolution; Joe Epley:  Col. Isaac Hayne  – 1781; SCAR Fellow and Marion expert, David Neilan: The post-war life of Francis Marion; and SCAR Fellow Charles B. Baxley on the New Research on the Battle of Eutaw Springs.  DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, 3315 Sumter Hwy., Manning, SC, ½ mile from I-95. Get the Early Bird discounts before Oct 1.  Contact: 803-478-2645 or gcsummers@ftc-i.net  Details coming to
www.francismarionsymposium.com

November 4-5, 2017 – Camden, SC – 47th Annual Revolutionary War Field Days. Historic Camden will feature battle reenactments and living history demonstrations on the Historic Camden grounds. The family-friendly event will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The event gathers reenactors from across the country to camp in the shadow of the Kershaw House (commandeered by Lord Cornwallis). Battles occur at 1:30 pm with units representing the American Continental Army and militias, as well as British and Loyalist forces. There are many activities to entertain and educate the entire family about the American Revolution and 18th c. life outside of the battle reenactments. These activities include 18th c. living history and craft demonstrations, a roundtable history discussion, and Sutlers selling their wares. Food vendors will also be on site.  Admission charged. 222 Broad Street (US Hwy 521). For more information, please contact Haile Brazier (803) 432-9814 http://www.historiccamden.org

November 6, 2017 – Spartanburg, SC – The Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry presents scholar and SCAR Fellow Michael C. Scoggins. Scoggins is the historian for the Culture & Heritage Museums and Research Director of the Southern Revolutionary War Institute (SRWI) in York, SC. His presentation is entitled “The Great Awakening and the American Revolution in the South.” Scoggins’ book “documents the impact that the Great Awakening had on the inhabitants of colonial America’s Southern Backcountry. Special emphasis is placed on how this religious revival furrowed the ground on which the seeds of the American Revolution would sprout. This effort also demonstrates how and why this revival spread so rapidly throughout the colonies.” Scoggins is the co-author of The Great Awakening and Southern Revolutionaries. Other works include Calvary of the American Revolution, and The Day It Rained Militia: Huck’s Defeat and the Revolution in the South Carolina Backcountry. The Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry will be held in the Olin B. Sansbury Jr. Campus Life Center Ballroom on the campus of USC Upstate located at 180 Gramling Drive. The evening begins with a social at 5:45 pm followed by dinner at 6:00 pm and the presentation at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $25, paid for in advance by check. Dinner reservations must be received by October 30, 2018 and may not be paid for at the door. Presentation-only tickets are free for this event. Beer and wine will be sold for $5 at our cash bar (sorry, no checks or credit cards accepted). Tickets for this event will go on sale in October. Please contact Bonnie Werlinich, Event Coordinator for the History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies Department at (864) 503-5219 or by email at bwerlini@uscupstate.edu with any questions.

November 8, 2017 – Fredericksburg, Va. – the American Revolution Round Table of Fredericksburg presents a program by Christian McBurney, author of Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders. This book covers more than thirty major attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783, from Maine to Georgia, and including two in Great Britain. George Washington, who called such efforts “honorable” supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor), and Prince William Henry (a future king of Great Britain). Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River and could have succeeded. Other targets included Thomas Jefferson, Philip Schuyler, Charles Lee, and Richard Prescott, while feared kidnappers included David Fanning, James Moody, and John Paul Jones. Christian is an independent historian working in Washington, D. C. This is his fourth book on the Revolutionary War.  The event will be held at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Headquarters Theatre, 1201 Caroline Street at 6:30 pm.  For more information, please contact James Davis at jamesdavisw@aol.com.

November 11, 2017 – Hanover, Va. – Join Hanover Tavern and Dr. John Maass for a bus tour exploring the British Invasion of Virginia during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. (full day) This tour is based on his new book, The Road to Yorktown.  Cost: $90 (Hanover Tavern Foundation members) $100 (general public) Follow Lt. Col. Banastre “Bloody Ban” Tarleton’s ride to Charlottesville to capture Gov. Thomas Jefferson, along with the famous ride of Jack Jouett, Virginia’s Paul Revere. This tour include light breakfast at the Tavern and lunch. Tours depart from Hanover Tavern at 9:00 am.  Call Tom Seabrook at 804-537-5050 ext. 21 or email tseabrook@hanovertavern.org today to reserve your spot.

November 14, 2017 – Washington, DC – “Spies and Spirits of the Revolution”.  Spies were critical to the success of George Washington’s army. Join the American Revolution Institute and the International Spy Museum for an evening exploring the tales and tactics of Washington’s spies, and toast them with tastings by Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cidery. The public is invited but advanced reservations are required. Click here to purchase tickets.  This program begins at 6:00 pm. $25 admission, $20 Associates and Society of the Cincinnati members. Purchase tickets here.   At the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW.  http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/public

November 17, 2017 – Washington, DC – The Society of the Cincinnati presents its “Lunch Bites” series, The Prussian Evolutions in Actual Engagements. Library Director Ellen McCallister Clark discusses a rare copy of The Prussian Evolutions in Actual Engagements by Thomas Hanson (Philadelphia, 1775), one of the earliest military manuals published for the instruction of young officers during the Revolutionary War. Hanson, an officer of the Philadelphia Associators, dedicated his work to the “Preservers of Liberty” who were going into service in defense of their country. He admired the military innovations of Frederick the Great, adapting Prussian commander’s system of manual exercise for the use of the American troops. The book’s five-page list of subscribers is a veritable roster of prominent American patriots, including such notables as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Anthony Wayne. George Washington put in an order for eight copies Hanson’s work, just one month before he was appointed commander-in-chief of the American forces. The lecture will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the book. The program is free and the public is invited; it starts at 12:30 pm at the Anderson House.  2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW. http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/public

November 18-19, 2017 – Dallas, NC – American Revolution Symposium and tour.   The first day will include lectures by scholars about the overall war effort and how it shifted to the southern colonies in 1780s. The second day will include guided tours of known Revolutionary War sites in Lincoln and Gaston County visiting typically ignored locations of significance and discussions about the efforts to preserve these sites.  Saturday program at the Gaston County Museum from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Sunday tour in Lincoln/Gaston County beginning at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free event but reservations are required.  Gaston County Museum, 131 West Main Street.  For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Jason Luker, Director, at (704) 922-7681 ext. 101 or by email at Jason.Luker@gastongov.com.

 

November 27, 2017 – Lexington, SC – SCAR Fellow Michael Scoggins, Historian at the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, York, SC will present a program on the works of 19th c. scholars Benson Lossing and Lyman Draper and their significance to historians and researchers at the Godfrey Dreher Chapter, SAR.  Join the SAR compatriots for a “Dutch Treat” dinner before the presentation at the Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant, Oak Grove…4616 Augusta Road (US Hwy. 1) on the West Columbia side of Lexington.  Meal orders for dinner are taken from 6:00 pm-6:45 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. The program is free and the public is invited. For more information contact Don Simmons coachsimm@gmail.com.

December 1-3, 2017 – Lake City, SC – 3rd Annual American Heritage Festival features a parade, Revolutionary War battle reenactment, colonial and military games, musket firing demonstrations, cannon display, a dance, and music by Randy Turner, presentations by  SCAR Fellows, Professors Jim Piecuch and Jeff Dennis, and Scott Kaufman, and other activities.  Graham’s Historic Farm, 843 McCutcheon Road.  For a schedule of events and admissions fees, see  www.theamericanheritagefestival.com.

December 13, 2017 – Washington Crossing, Pa. – the David Library of the American Revolution presents Jonathan Israel, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, who will present a lecture on his new book, The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848, an examination of the importance of the American Revolution internationally. Beginning at 7:30 pm DLAR lectures are held in the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library, 1201 River Road (Rt. 32), 1.3 miles north of the Washington Crossing Bridge. Each lecture will be followed by a book-signing reception where the speaker’s book will be available for purchase through Farley’s Book Shop, New Hope. For additional details about the lecture, visit http://www.dlar.org/events.htm

Exhibits

Philadelphia, Pa. – The Museum of the American Revolution is now open in historic Philadelphia at 101 S. Third Street.  For operating hours, admissions prices, parking, and visit planning, see  https://www.amrevmuseum.org

Yorktown, Va. – The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is now open!  It is located on Virginia Route 1020, at the edge of Yorktown and near Yorktown Battlefield.  For operating hours, admissions prices, parking, and visit planning, see  http://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center

Updated on October 15, 2017.