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Schedule of Events

April 22 & 23

Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm

Sunday   11:00am-3:30pm

 

Jockey Hollow Spring Encampment 

 

Jockey Hollow Visitor Center

586 Tempe Wick Road

Morristown, NJ 07960

During the 1779-1780 winter of the Revolutionary War, the countryside in and around Morristown, New Jersey, sheltered the main encampments of the American Continental Army and served as the headquarters of its commander-in-chief, General George Washington.  General Washington chose Morristown due to its strategic location, including proximity to New York City, defensible terrain, important communication routes, access to critical resources, and a supportive community. 

 

On April 22 and 23, 2023, the hills and valleys west of Morristown will once again be filled with the sounds of the Continental Army. Come out for an action-packed weekend and let the officers, soldiers, and followers of the Army bring history to life. Want to be part of the action? Stop by the 2nd New Jersey camp to find out! 

Reenactors only - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Participant Registration for Jockey Hollow 2023

COMING TO VISIT? CLICK HERE FOR THE DAILY SCHEDULE

Jockey Hollow Encampment Daily Schedule

May 20 & 21

Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday   10:00am-4:00pm

 

Patriots Along the Perkionmen / Pennypacker Mills

 

Pennypacker Mills Historic Site

5 Haldeman Road

Schwenksville, PA 19473

George Washington and his army were encamped at Pennypacker Mills and the surrounding property on September 26-29 and on October 5-8, 1777. Washington's army came from Pottsgrove to Pennypacker Mills, heading to Germantown via the Skippack Pike. On their arrival in the Schwenksville area, they learned of Burgoyne's defeat at the Battle of Saratoga. To celebrate, Washington issued a 13 gun salute and a gill of rum to each soldier. After the Battle at Germantown on October 4, 1777, Washington's defeated army retreated to Pennypacker Mills and then went on to Towamencin before wintering at Valley Forge. They brought wounded soldiers to Pennypacker Mills - some of whom died on the property. There are three known grave sites on the property from Washington's encampment in 1777. 

Hosted by Spencer's Additional Continental Regiment, the focus of this event will be a Continental forces portrayal of the actual history that took place on the grounds. Highlights include intensive troop drills,  recreation of one of the courts martial held at Pennypacker Mills in 1777, and visits to the graves of the Continental soldiers who fell during the Philadelphia campaign with appropriate memorial services for them. 

 

Visitors will have a lot to see - programming includes military and civilian reenactors, artillery demonstrations, guest speakers, hands-on activities for kids, exhibitions, guided walking tours of the property, mansion tours, and much more!

June 17 & 18 
2NJ is honored to host this Continental Line National Event

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, 2:00pm Battle Reenactment

Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm, 1:30pm Battle Reenactment

 

Battle of Monmouth 245th Anniversary

The original battle took place on Sunday, June 28, 1778 in and around Freehold, NJ (known then as Monmouth Court House).

 

First, let’s set the scene: It was a hot and humid day where temperatures reached over 90*F.

The British Army numbered approximately 21,000, including Hessians and Loyalists. About half of this force fought against the 14,500 man American Army.

 

The British had been occupying Philadelphia since the fall of 1777, but in early 1778 they learned that the French were coming to the aid of the Americans. They decided to withdraw from Philadelphia, march across to New Jersey, and return to British-occupied New York City. Leaving Philadelphia on June 18, they reached Monmouth Court House (now Freehold, NJ) on June 27 and stopped to rest for a day. Meanwhile, the American Army marched out from Valley Forge on June 19 and were encamped near Englishtown, NJ by June 27.

 

On the morning of June 28, the British were leaving Monmouth Court House when the Americans attacked their rear guard. The British sent a division to fight off the Americans, and soon forced them to retreat. American Major General Charles Lee’s troops retreated until they met up with George Washington and the Army’s main force. Around noon, these combined troops halted the British advance. The fight continued throughout the afternoon and evening, including a long cannonade, with no clear victory for either side. During the night, the British withdrew and continued making their way back to New York City.

So… where was the 2nd New Jersey Regiment in all this?

The 2nd NJ was part of Maxwell’s Brigade, which formed a part of Gen. Lee’s advanced force in the early part of the battle. “Under confused orders and heavy pressure from the British, Lee’s troops retreated in disorder until they were met by the main army under Washington.”. The 2nd NJ covered the retreat of Lee’s forces, then fell back as reserves for the remainder of the battle. 

 

The biggest event of the year is sure to have something for everyone! 
CLICK HERE for the event website - including daily schedules and participant registration.
June 24 
Revolutionary Revelry Night - Somerset Patriots Ballpark

TD Bank Ballpark

1 Patriots Park

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

 

Join us for an evening of history, baseball, and fireworks. 2NJ will be escorting General Washington as he throws the ceremonial first pitch and kicking off festivities with volleys of musket fire. Expect a fun time packed with kid-friendly activities! 

July 4
Festivities in Morristown, NJ

We're working on the details. Check back soon for updates. 

July 8 & 9
Ford Mansion Interpretive Weekend

30 Washington Pl.

Morristown, NJ 07960

A reproduction of George Washington’s tent will be on display. 

July 8
Glenbrook Brewery 

95 Morris St. 

Morristown, NJ 

After our day at Ford Mansion, we invite you to join us for some history, beer, and songs.

July 15
Mid-Year Member Meeting

A Zoom meeting to review the season and vote on the rest of our 2023 schedule.

August 26 & 27
Simcoe’s Raid - Revolutionary War Encampment

East Jersey Old Town

1050 River Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Check back for details! 

September 10

Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

Shippen and the Revolution 

Shippen Manor

8 Belvidere Ave.

Oxford, NJ 07863

2nd NJ will be taking over this beautiful site for a day of interactive activities for young and old(er) history lovers. 

Who built the house? What was daily home life like during the Revolutionary War?

What ties did the Shippen family have to events of the day?

How were George Washington's soldiers trained?

What else did the men - and women followers - do in the Continental Army?

Especially fun for children...we have some special activities in the works for young visitors. 

October 21 & 22
Dey Mansion

 

Dey Mansion 

199 Totowa Rd. 

Wayne, NJ 07470

Dey Mansion served as Washington’s Headquarters on several occasions.

This weekend, it will become a hive of activity for 2nd New Jersey and our reenacting friends. 

Is this it? Not at all!
Check back often for added dates & more event details. 

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