Experience Township #1 During the Revolutionary War!
The Bidwell House Museum is very excited to present Raid on Township #1, a weekend long Revolutionary War Living History event on the Museum grounds.
**Please note: PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Due to the amount of parking available walk-ins will be limited. You can purchase 1-day or 2-day tickets below. Children 12 and under can attend for free.***
Visitors will experience a recreation of raids conducted by British Regular Forces along with Native and Loyalist allies in the Mohawk Valley after the Saratoga Campaign. From 1778-1783, battles were fought all over upstate New York and the ‘frontier’ over control of land that had long been in dispute between the Native Americans and Colonial Settlers.
Reenactors will put on two public battle demonstrations to show how the raids were conducted. Throughout the weekend be sure to walk through both the American and British/Allied camps and learn how both Soldiers and Followers lived while on campaign. Cooking and sewing projects as well as fatigue duty will help bring to life a camp during the American Revolution. Visitors will also learn about the weapons during the American Revolution with musket and artillery demonstrations, how the military forces made use of Sutlers (vendors) and also understand the roles played by women and children who either followed the Army or struggled on the home front. There will be lectures on war medicine, midwifery and clothing.
The Bidwell House Museum is set on 192 acres of forests and trails in the former Township #1 (today’s Monterey and Tyringham), a perfect location to travel back in time to the 18th century.The Museum is also excited to be hosting a special Preview Night on Friday September 17 where you can meet “Martha Washington,” see an artillery demonstration and view the camps before the general public. Get your tickets for that HERE. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Schedule of Events
Artillery Demonstration (Sat and Sun) – Come learn about how artillery played a role during the American Revolution with the 7th Company, 4th Battalion Royal Artillery. Visitors will learn all the steps in loading and firing a cannon, as well as the roles that each Artillerist and tool played to help the operation run smoothly on the field.
Medicine and Health (on Sat) – Join Paul Supley as he discusses the difference between Civilian Doctors and Military Surgeons and the processes Medical Experts took up to keep people of the 1770’s healthy
“Last Man Standing” musket competition (on Sat) – Soldiers on both sides of the conflict were required to constantly drill and master the use of the musket. In this fun program, come witness a competition amongst participants as they follow the manual of arms steps for loading and firing their musket as quickly as possible
Fashion Show (on Sun) -Military and Civilian material culture changed constantly during the American Revolutionary era. Join Tom Tringale and his fellow reenactors as they show off various clothing and accoutrements worn/used during the 1770’s.
Plan Your Visit
The camps will close to the public at 4:00 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday.
Food will be available for purchase onsite each day including:
Sandwiches and Salads by Flour Bin Catering
Water, Soda, Snacks
Directions to the Museum Can be Found HERE. Please be aware that online map programs are not always accurate and the best directions will be found at that link.
PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Due to the amount of parking available walk-ins will be limited. You can purchase 1-day or 2-day tickets below. Children 12 and under can attend for free
The Bidwell House Museum is set on 192 acres, so there is plenty of room to social distance. We will also have masks and hand sanitizer available. The Museum asks that everyone not vaccinated to please wear a mask onsite and we strongly encourage masks for everyone.