The Retreat from Canada in 1776: A Revolutionary War Reenactment

June 7th & 8th from 10am- 4pm 

 Adults: $8/ Seniors/ Vermonters: $6 /Children 6-12: $4 / Children under 6 Free


 

Beginning in summer 1775, the fledgling Continental Army invaded Canada, hoping to seize Quebec and incite the Quebecois to revolt against British rule. Following a disastrous attack on Quebec City in December 1775, the Continental forces began a hasty retreat, as the British landed several thousand troops comprised of British regulars and Hessian mercenaries in May of 1776.  On the 7th of May, 1776 the bulk of the American Northern Army retreated from Quebec City. Warner's Regiment (aka the Green Mountain Boys) was the last Regiment to begin the retreat, leaving 2-4 days after the main body of the Northern Army.

 

 

Along the supply lines in the Champlain Valley, the mouth of the Onion River was a temporary depot and major logistics and personnel transshipment point. General Schuyler, Commander in Chief of the Northern Department, was calling up the Militia as a temporary reinforcement of the Northern Army until Continental troops could be sent north, in order to try and maintain a foothold in Canada.


This re-enactment will recreate an encampment of colonial militia who were training to reinforce the American forces in Canada in 1776. This event will feature a lifestyle educational presentation, with ongoing lifestyle, tools and crafts displays and presentations (both home-life and military camp-life). Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Interpreters will also be providing tours of the Historic Allen House.

 

Schedule of events

Saturday

Ongoing Activities:

- Tours of Ethan Allen’s House begin every 35 minutes

- Colonial Era Toys and Games on display for you to try on the Hackberry Tree Stump! Try your hand at the popular stick and hoop game, ninepins, draughts and many    other games!

- “A Tavern Tale” A short biographical film about Ethan Allen showing in the Founder’s Tavern Every 20 Minutes!

 

Scheduled Events

10:00 -10:30: Opening Ceremony

The old US flag outside the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum will be retired, and new colors flown with the assistance of the American Legion. Warner’s Regiment will fire a feu de joie to christen the new colors. Join us as we kick off our living history weekend!

11:00- 12:00 Tactical Demonstration

Under The supervision of the Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Col. Seth Warner’s Recreated Regiment, The militia will demonstrate basic drill and fire/maneuver tactics. A representative of the Regiment will instruct you on what they are being taught.

12:00- 1:00  Map Reading and Orienteering Workshop

While the militia enjoys their “nooning” you are invited to learn how to read a compass and map and navigate with museum staff.

1:30- 2:30 Tactical Demonstration

Under the supervision of the Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Col. Seth Warner’s Recreated Regiment, The militia will demonstrate basic drill and fire/maneuver tactics. A representative of the Regiment will instruct you on what they are being taught.

2:30- 3:15 18th Century Surveying Demonstration -

A British Engineer will demonstrate some of the basic surveying and engineering skills in use at the time.  Drawing Maps and planning fortifications are some of the under-appreciated military tasks, yet they were profoundly necessary.

3:15- 4:00: You be the Militia!

Sign the articles of enlistment, take an oath, and learn the basics of Military drill yourself! Find out if you had what it takes to serve in the Continental Army!

4:00 Camp Closes

 

Sunday:

Ongoing Activities:

Tours of Ethan Allen’s House begin every 35 minutes

Colonial Era Toys and Games on display for you to try on the Hackberry Tree Stump! Try your hand at the popular stick and hoop game, ninepins, draughts and many other games!

“A Tavern Tale” A short biographical film about Ethan Allen showing in the Founder’s Tavern Every 20 Minutes!

Scheduled Events

10:00 – 11:00 Tactical Demonstration

Under The supervision of the Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Col. Seth Warner’s Recreated Regiment, The militia will demonstrate basic drill and fire/maneuver tactics. A representative of the Regiment will instruct you on what they are being taught.

11:00 – 12:00  Spinning Demonstration

In the 18th Century, people raised most of what they needed. This is not limited to food, as clothing needed to be made as well. Watch as members of Warner’s Regimental Distaff demonstrate the process of making wool from the fleece to the cloth.

12:00 – 1:00 Bartering and Trading

On the colonial Frontier, there were not many stores, and if there was one, families seldom had cash to buy anything. So how do you get what you need? While the militia enjoys their “nooning”, join museum staff in an interactive activity where participants are instructed on the nature of an economic system where money was seldom used as a medium of exchange. Each person has a list of items needed and a list of items that they can offer in return. Participants are asked to think creatively, even exploring exchanges beyond those provided in their box, as long as within scope of the character's capabilities.

1:30 – 3:00 Tactical Demonstration

Under The supervision of the Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Col. Seth Warner’s Recreated Regiment, The militia will demonstrate basic drill and fire/maneuver tactics. A representative of the Regiment will instruct you on what they are being taught.

3:00- 4:00  Flint and Steel Fire Starting Demonstration

Make a fire without matches or a lighter? Discover how our ancestors produced their heat without any of these crutches.

4:00 Camp Closes – Re-enactors will break camp!

4:00 – 5:30 “On Burgoyne’s Trail to Saratoga”

Lecture and presentation by Professor and Author Willard Sterne Randall on Burgoyne’s drive south through New York and Vermont (then the New Hampshire Grants), leading to the American Victory at Saratoga, which was instrumental in securing French support of the American cause.