Reenactment 2023: The Army on Campaign

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We’re pleased to announce the return of our second 1770s era living history weekend! On June 23, 24, and 25, the Bidwell House hosted “The Army on Campaign,” a three-day exploration of the lives of troops and followers during the American Revolutionary War period. This exciting event was hosted by His Majesty’s 52nd Regiment and Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment, and featured multiple lectures focused on laundry, health and wellness, military discipline, provisioning the army, and more. Two tactical demonstrations were conducted throughout the weekend. Despite a bit of rain on Saturday, a great time was had by all!

Special Programs

Tag, Rag and Bobtail: Women of the Army. Emma Cross and Emily Doherty detail the experiences of women on both sides of the conflict, who followed the army while on campaign. All of the dialogue in this performance is drawn from firsthand accounts and will draw you deeply into their stories. Emma and Emily are extraordinary and have performed this play at the Kennedy Center.  Sponsored by Delight and Paul Dodyk.

Venturing Forth out of Virginia: Martha Washington’s Winters with her Husband and the Army. Join Sandy Wolkon Spector as she shares Martha Washington’s experiences while wintering with General Washington and the Continental Army. Sandy excels at her portrayal of Martha Washington, and has dedicated many years to learning about Martha’s life in order to create her amazing impression.  Sponsored by Jane and Charlie Johnson.

Men of Berkshire County Join the Fight. Timothy Abbott, from Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment, will share the story of the soldiers from Berkshire County who enlisted in the Continental Army & State Levies, and their involvement in the American Revolutionary era.  Sponsored by Diane M. Austin and Aaron Nurick.

Throughout the Weekend

Tactical Demonstrations

Military Sutlery and Rations

A 1770s Tavern

Laundry Demonstrations

18th Century Portrait Artist

18th Century Health & Wellness

And more!

Photos below of Friday’s performance of “Tag, Rag and Bobtail.”
More photos from the rest of the weekend to come!

This program is supported by a Mass Cultural Council Festivals & Projects Grant; the Monterey, New Marlborough, Otis, and Tyringham Cultural Councils; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Salisbury Bank; Diane M. Austin and Aaron Nurick; Delight and Paul Dodyk; and Jane and Charlie Johnson.