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Haddonfield Welcomes Revolutionary War Reenactment in June


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

Haddonfield, NJ (March 29, 2022) – 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 New York (and are intercepted at the Battle at Monmouth). The Skirmish and a day of events surrounding it take place on and around Kings Highway, Haddonfield’s main street.


The Skirmish, an outdoor, free event, has been running for a decade.


“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.”


Schedule of Events:


June 4, 2022

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

  • 11 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):

  • Battle of the Brews at King's Road Brewing Company: Revolutionary Red for the British redcoats v. Ample Vengeance for the Continental Troops (public votes for a winner)

  • Historic exhibits and History Faire at the Masonic Temple

  • Betsy Ross quilt and patchwork workshop at Markeim Arts Center

  • Interactive Revolutionary War themed clay workshop at Markeim’s Clay Studio

  • Meet character and soldier reenactors

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

  • Colonial dancing at the Haddon Fortnightly

  • Pillory prisoners

  • Learn sword fighting from Sword and Swagger

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

  • See a blacksmith, a tinsmith and a quilling artist at work at the Indian King Tavern

  • Free colonial caricatures at the Farmers Market

  • See a Revolutionary War military surgeon at the Masonic Temple

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

  • Washington Crossing Fife and Drum performance

  • Colonial era tools and other amusements for children at the Friends Meeting House

  • Town criers spread the news

  • Chat with Ben Franklin as he wanders the town and stops in at the Masonic Temple

  • Haddonfield Plays and Players performs songs from “The Kings Road” a show about the Indian King Tavern, and plays colonial music at the Haddonfield Farmers’ Market

  • The Sea Dogs - pirates singing shanties

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

  • Walking 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 at the Masonic Temple

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

  • Enjoy breakfast with the Colonial Troops ($15 for adults and $10 for children); 9-11:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church

  • Children’s pony rides at Haddonfield Financial Planning on Haddon Ave


Additional events:


Lecture Series, free, 7 pm: The American Revolution in Our Communities

  • Garry Stone | March 30 at the Masonic Temple, Haddonfield
    The 1776-1780 Revolutionary War Adventures of John Inskeep (1757-1834), a Young Man Born Near Haddonfield, New Jersey.

  • Doug Rauschenberger | April 6 at Haddonfield Borough Hall
    Close to Home: Haddonfield in the American Revolution

  • Jim Christ | April 27 at the Masonic Temple, Haddonfield
    Remember Paoli!: The Paoli Massacre

  • Daniel K. Richter | May 4 at Haddonfield Borough Hall
    Native Americans’ Wars for Independence

  • Kelly Jackson | May 25 at the Masonic Temple, Haddonfield
    Secret Codes and Spy-craft in the American Revolution

  • Doug Thomas | June 1 at Haddonfield Borough Hall
    An Evening with George Washington

Window Decorating Contest

May 2-20
Colonial-era displays in Haddonfield shop windows. Window decorating contest runs May 2-20 and the public votes for the winner.

Organized by Haddonfield Lions Club


Jefferson-Hamilton Debate

May 18

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.

Presented by the Haddonfield Civic Association. At the Haddon Fortnightly, 7 p.m. More information and tickets.


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 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.



The Skirmish is made possible thanks to support from Camden County, New Jersey Historic Trust, TD Bank, Jefferson Health, The Haddonfield Foundation, Kings Road Brewing Company, Haddonfield Financial Planning, Lindsey Watson McCarthy - Weichert Realtors, McLaughlin Asset Management, Flood Vent Installations, Dynamic Language Services, 1st Colonial Bank, Remington and Vernick, ABC Discount Appliances, Allison Nagle Team - RE/MAX One, Excel Roofing, Lenny, Vermaat & Leonard, Franklin Trailers Inc., 3DPT- 3 Dimensional Physical Therapy- Haddon Township, The British Chip Shop, Henry Bean & Sons, PJW Restaurant Group.

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.