As the region gears up to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the British attack on the Upper Chesapeake some old-timers that have been around Cecil for centuries are going to be roaming around Charlestown, one August evening. While they meander streets and gather in small clusters in the beautiful river town, these centuries old residents will share stories about what it was like to face the all too real threat of pillaging, burning and looting by the English.People on this walking tour will amble along the attractive pathways of the well-preserved historic district nestled on the shore of the North East River. Periodically they will pause to hear first-hand stories about the time the second war with Britain came to Elkton, Frenchtown, Fredericktown, Principio and Charlestown. In between those stops, Historian Mike Dixon will share the historical narrative about the war on the Chesapeake and in the county. Once dusk descends on the charming community, lanterns are going to help chase away the lengthening shadows as the group heads back to its starting point, the Wellwood Club.
This program, “Footsteps from the Past: Cecil County during the War of 1812” is brought to the community by several volunteer heritage groups and supporting partners. The History Society of Cecil County, Colonial Charlestown, and the Heritage Troupe, along with Cecil County Tourism, the President and Commissioners of Charlestown, and the Wellwood Club are bringing the evening walking tour to the county. It steps off from the popular Wellwood Club on August 12, 2012, at 7 p.m.Mark your calendar for this first time ever event, as members of the Cecil County Heritage Troupe entertain and educate you. Watch this blog and other media outlets for additional information on reservations and cost, which will be released soon. The tour benefits the Historical Society of Cecil County and Colonial Charlestown.