Militia Muster

When:
September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Where:
Historic St. Mary's City
47414 Old State House Rd
St Marys City, MD 20686
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and fencing.  Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more.

10:00 – 4:00  The St. Maries Citty Militia, our host militia, is a volunteer group of men, women, and children who re-create a colonial Maryland “armed band” at Maryland’s first capital.  This living history encampment features 17th-century reenactors from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.  Please enjoy the camp activities:  cooking, gossiping, trade, games, etc.

11:30  See what it takes to be a member of the militia in the 17th century.  This is an opportunity for children to practice their military marching, as well as their musket and pike skills.  (duration:  approximately 20 minutes)

1:00  John Salter is on trial for pig thievery, among other things.  Come find out if he is guilty until proven innocent.

1:45  Join former state senator Bernie Fowler, as he celebrates 51 years of advocacy for Maryland’s waterways.  Wade into the St. Mary’s River and help determine this year’s “sneaker index” – the depth to which one can see one’s shoes – a measure of the clarity of the water.  Bring your white sneakers!  (And dry clothes.)

2:00  Participate in a fun, shortened version of the English Civil War.  Find out what happened to Oliver Cromwell, and to Kings Charles I and II.  (duration:  approximately 20 minutes)

2:30  See what it takes to be a member of the militia in the 17th century.  This is an opportunity for children to practice their military marching, as well as their musket and pike skills.  (duration:  approximately 20 minutes)

3:00  Join us at the southern end of Town Center for a reenactment of the Battle of the Severn – the only English Civil War battle to take place in the New World.

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, while household members participate in Muster activities.

Enjoy live music all afternoon at RiverFest, located on the State House lawn, where food and beverage vendors are also offering selections for sale.