Acting Out History for Lantern-Lit War of 1812 Walking Tour in Charlestown

Henry Watkins rehearses for father goes off to war.

Charlestown, August 9, 2012 — Since we are three days away from the Footsteps in History Walking Tour, the event partners were attending to last-minute preparations on this hot August evening.  Strolling the quaint streets of Charlestown, volunteer historical interpreters practiced their parts and attended to final details for the first time event that shares stories of the War of 1812 on the Upper Chesapeake.

Come this Sunday at 7 p.m. a crowd will depart from the Wellwood Club for a leisurely trip along the attractive waterfront and streets in the carefully preserved historic district.  As evening descends on the Chesapeake, individual who resided here 200-years-ago are going to step from the shadows to dramatically tell the audience about the thrill and fright of the time when the county was on the war’s frontline.  In between the skits, Historian Mike Dixon will delve into the narrative, explaining the details and connecting local events to the larger story.  Once summer darkness grips the old municipality, lanterns will help chase away the shadows as costumed performers prowl the pathways and escort everyone back to the Wellwood Club.

Be sure not to miss this fun and informative tour.  Click here for more information.  The volunteer sponsored walk is a partnership with the Historical Society, Colonial Charlestown, The town, Cecil County Tourism and the Wellwood Club.

In the stage coach skit, Chan Cosans is shocked as she hears about the British rampage in Havre de Grace.

Come Sunday, the Cecil County Heritage Troupe’s costumed performers will take us on a trip through events that took place 200 years ago. Rachel Watkins & Emily owens practice their lines alongside the Northeast River.

It was tax day when the British showed up in the Northeast River and the town commissioners hastily decided to delay their official business and wait for a safer time to collect the levy.  Dr. Robert Gell, another member of the town council, and Ron Edwards practice for their performance of the 1813 town meeting.

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2 responses to “Acting Out History for Lantern-Lit War of 1812 Walking Tour in Charlestown

  1. Wow, this is cool. We’re in. See you there.

  2. Thanks for planning to attend Barbara. This will be a great time as the story of the War of 1812 on the Upper Chesapeake comes alive through historical interpretations provided by the Cecil County Heritage Troupe.

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