1777 Whitemarsh Encampment of Hope Lodge
Come join the Friends of Hope Lodge, a volunteer group that manages the historic site for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as they host their annual encampment re-enactment. Since 1982, Hope Lodge has held re-enactments to commemorate the time from November 2 to December 11, 1777 when General George Washington and the Continental Army encamped in the Whitemarsh Hills surrounding Hope Lodge. Come and experience 18th century life in the Whitemarsh Valley. Reenactors dressed in authentic American and British uniforms will march to the beat of fife and drum and demonstrate the military tactics used during Revolutionary War.
Skirmishes on the grounds are scheduled for 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. After the skirmish, come visit a troop encampment where women in colonial dress cook over an open fire and children play colonial games. Other events occurring during the day include blacksmith and beer brewing demonstrations, a Lecture & book signing by Michael C. Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 and Germantown: A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777, children’s activities including a Children's Muster Drill and scavenger hunt, and Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. The Hope Lodge mansion will be open for tours. Sutlers, bake sale, and food will be available for purchase. Come and enjoy the day. Admission charged.
Hope Lodge was built between 1743 and 1748 by Samuel Morris, a prosperous Quaker entrepreneur. Morris acted as a farmer, ship owner, miller, iron-master, shop-owner, and owner of the mill now known as Mather Mill. Hope Lodge is an excellent example of early Georgian architecture, and it is possible that Edmund Woolley, architect of Independence Hall, offered advice in building. Samuel Morris owned the estate until his death in 1770, when it was inherited by his brother Joshua. Joshua in turn sold the property and dwelling to another Philadelphia merchant, William West.
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