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Revolutionary War Reenactment Brings South Jersey’s Colonial History to Life in Day-Long Event

Haddonfield, NJ (January 3, 2023) – Today, Haddonfield’s popular revolutionary war reenactment and colonial festival announced the date for its annual event: The Skirmish will take place on June 3, 2023.

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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 3, 2022, the British will invade Haddonfield and be challenged by Continental troops, just as they did 245 years ago -- in June 1778. Redcoats on horseback will charge, muskets will be fired, and the Continentals will try to “annoy” and slow down the redcoats before they head off to the Battle at Monmouth. The clash and a day-long event surrounding it takes place on and around Kings Highway, Haddonfield’s main street.


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


Schedule of Events:


June 3, 2023

  • 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:

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

  • Meet character and soldier reenactors

  • Pillory prisoners

  • Sword fighting lessons from Sword and Swagger

  • Free colonial caricatures

  • Washington Crossing Fifes and Drum performance

  • Town criers spread the news

  • Colonial era “penny portraits” done by silhouette artist Ted Steussy at the Indian King Tavern (charge applies)

  • Children’s pony rides

  • Historic exhibits and History Faire at the Masonic Temple

  • Breakfast with the Colonial Troops (charge applies)


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 our loyal sponsors.

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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.C