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The Skirmish Brings South Jersey’s Colonial History to Life in Day-Long Event

 

photos courtesy of Phillip Zoebisch


Haddonfield, NJ (November 30, 2021) – After a two-year hiatus, Haddonfield’s popular revolutionary war reenactment will return in June 2022. The Skirmish brings history books to life with a day of Revolutionary War soldiers, horses, clashes between colonists and redcoats, family-friendly programming, music, and important moments from South Jersey and Haddonfield’s history in the founding of the U.S.

 

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, the British will invade Haddonfield and 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. The clash and a day-long event surrounding it take place on and around Kings Highway, Haddonfield’s main street.

 

The Skirmish, an outdoor, free event, has been running since 2014.

 

“Back in 1778, during the British Troop evacuation of occupied Philadelphia, George Washington ordered the local militia to “annoy” the redcoats. Both sides would Skirmish throughout South Jersey until they finally battled at Monmouth. and so on June 4, 2022, we will annoy them again!,” says Joe Murphy, Chair of the Skirmish Committee. “We love being able to once again share our community’s rich revolutionary war history in a fun, family-friendly way.”

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Schedule of Events:

 

June 4, 2022

  • 9 a.m.: Redcoats begin “looting and pillaging” Haddonfield

  • 11:00 a.m. Brief clash between Redcoats and Continentals on Kings Highway

  • 2 p.m.: The Skirmish, featuring redcoats on horseback, muskets, and Revolutionary War reenactors on Kings Highway

 

Activities throughout the day (check the website for actual times):

  • Meet character and soldier reenactors

  • Yelling contest (“The British Are Coming!”)

  • Colonial dancing

  • Pillory prisoners

  • Open house at the Indian King Tavern, where New Jersey officially became a state

  • See a blacksmith at work

  • Free colonial caricatures at the Farmers Market

  • Visit the Queen’s Rangers and their horses at their encampment

  • Fife and Drum performance

  • Town criers spread the news

  • Plays and Players performs songs from a show about the Indian King Tavern

  • Singing pirates

  • Historic exhibits

  • Read the Indian King Gazette, a replica of a colonial-era newspaper

  • Colonial-era displays in Haddonfield shop windows 

  • Tour of the town’s historic buildings (charge applies)

  • Learn about Colonial-era arts and crafts

  • Get a Colonial-era “penny portrait” done by silhouette artist Ted Steussy

  • Revolutionary War fire-fighting equipment at the Haddon Fire Company No. 1’s museum

  • Enjoy breakfast with the Colonial Troops (charge applies)

 

Additional event:

May 18, 2022
Jefferson-Hamilton Debate

A debate between Jefferson and Hamilton about how the new country should be governed. 

Held at the Haddon Fortnightly Building, this event helps build up excitement for The Skirmish.

 

Haddonfield’s Revolutionary History

In 1777, the New Jersey Assembly, fleeing from the British, met in session at Haddonfield’s Indian King Tavern and declared that the “Colony” of New Jersey was now the State of New Jersey (per https://haddonfieldhistory.org/). Both British and American forces encamped at Haddonfield or marched through it during various campaigns. Lafayette was among the leaders of the Revolution who was known to have stayed in the town during the war. In 1903, the Indian King Tavern became the first historic site purchased by the State of New Jersey. More on Haddonfield’s revolutionary history here.

 

Sponsors

The Skirmish is made possible thanks to support from TD Bank, Jefferson Health, The Haddonfield Foundation, Haddonfield Financial Planning, McLaughlin Asset Management, Flood Vent Installations, Dynamic Language Services, 1st Colonial Bank, Excel Roofing, The British Chip Shop, Henry Bean & Sons, PJW Restaurant Group, and Roger Jacobs.

Learn more.

 

About The Friends of the Indian King

The Skirmish is hosted by The Friends of the Indian King, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which works to preserve and advance the Indian King Tavern Museum, the first New Jersey State historic site, and to raise public awareness of the museum and its educational programs.

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