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Gloucester County’s Museum of History to Host Living History Weekend

(Courtesy of Gloucester County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department)

GLOUCESTER — Gloucester County’s Museum of History is set to host its spring living history weekend on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and May 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Gloucester 1776: A Revolutionary Experience” is a free and family-friendly program that commemorates Gloucester County’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. It will take place rain or shine at the Gloucester County Museum of History located at 6539 Main St. Gloucester, VA 23061.

Visitors to the event will witness reenactors, cannon and musket demonstrations, and colonial food and music. There will also be activities for children to participate in.

“We are excited to see the court circle come to life with the sights and sounds of the American Revolution,” said Museums Coordinator for Gloucester County Robert Kelly in a release. “Our Museum building and historic courthouse were both here in 1776, and this program will show guests what life was like for Gloucester’s soldiers and citizens during the early days of the Revolution.”

According to a release from Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, “In the Spring of 1776, the 7th Virginia Regiment was posted in Gloucester County. Ten companies of infantry, including one from Gloucester, assembled at the colonial courthouse following instructions from the Committee of Safety. By mid-May 1776, five of those companies were in Williamsburg, but the other five remained in Gloucester. The revolution was in its early days, and the question was, ‘Is war coming to Gloucester County?'”

Gloucester County says the living history weekend aligns with Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) for students of all ages, with emphasis on Virginia studies and the Revolutionary War.

The program is made possible in partnership with the Gloucester Historical Society, Friends of the Museum, the 7th Virginia Regiment, and Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department.

For more information please visit Gloucesters’ Museum of History website.

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