(National Park, NJ) -- On Sunday,Oct. 27, Gloucester County will be celebrating the 50th Anniversaryof the 10-mile Jonas Cattell Run to warn the soldiers of Fort Mercer at RedBank that over 1200 Hessian soldiers were approaching to take over the fort. A5K run has been added this year along with the Jonas Cattell 10-mile run. The 10-mile run is a point-to-point course from Haddonfield to National Park asrun by Jonas Cattell on Oct. 22, 1777. The Fort Mercer 5K course will bean out and back course starting and finishing at Red Bank Battlefield.
Following the races, Gloucester County will hold the annual18th Century Field Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "The JonasCattell Run and Eighteenth-Century Field day are fantastic events thatcelebrate our history and we invite our residents to come out and enjoy thebattle reenactments, the hearth cooking and more."
This year's event will include a memorial hosted by theSouth Jersey Chapter Sons of the American Revolution to honor the 14 fallenpatriots from the first and second Rhode Island Infantry regiment who defendedFort Mercer during the battle of Red Bank during the Revolutionary War.
The memorial service will be part of the largerRevolutionary War living history activities that take place throughout the day.Other events during 18th Century Field day include history exhibits,crafts, food vendors, battle reenactments, and tours of both the Whitall Houseand Fort Mercer on park grounds.
Freeholder Jim Lavender, Liaison to the Department of Parksand Recreation said, “The Eighteenth-Century Field day celebration is thelargest event the county holds at Red Bank Battlefield and the volunteers andstaff put their heart into the event, making it fun and educational event youwon’t want to miss.”
All events and parking are free of charge. Red BankBattlefield is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ.
For race information visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Haddonfield/JonasCattellMemorialRun