Footsteps in History — War of 1812 Walking Tour This Sunday in Charlestown

charlestown 088This weekend marks the passage of 200 years since the enemy occupied the water and shoreline of the Upper Chesapeake.  To recall those frightening days in Cecil County, a “footsteps in history” living history walking tour takes places in Charlestown this Sunday May 5th at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.  On the dramatic one-hour strolls into the past, you will meet people who lived, labored, and defended Cecil County during the War of 1812.

Since we had five rivers, our communities were exposed to the marauding British Navy and Marines and spots where combat took place were generally plundered and put to the match.  Seldom told tales will emerge out of these alarming times as the Heritage Troupe performs scenes, presenting old-timers who were around centuries ago.  With the group ambling along attractive colonial era streets on a spring evening, you will hear thrilling firsthand accounts about struggles and triumphs, the brave defense of our homes, war heroes, and accounts of everyday people, days when we were on the frontline of the war.

This special bicentennial event, “Footsteps from the Past” walking tour, opened last year to a sold out crowd.   So be sure to call for your advance tickets for this popular activity that will find history enthusiasts ambling through the streets of Charlestown, along attractive pathways of the well-preserved historic district.

The event in Colonial Charlestown steps off at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on May 5, 2013.  But after last year’s production attracted over 125 people, event organizers have scaled things back a little in order to provide better viewing and listening for the audience.  Each walk is limited to 50 strollers and the cost is $10 in advance through the Wellwood Club or $12 at the door.  To reserve your tickets call 410-287-6666.  The proceeds benefit the Historical Society and Colonial Charlestown.  Generous support of these local nonprofit heritage groups is provided by the Wellwood Club, the President and Commissioners of Charlestown, Cecil County Tourism, and the Heritage Troupe.

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The town commissioners are in session in one of the performances. Here Wanda Owens (standing) confronts Ron Edwards, Dr. Robert Gell and Ken Consalone.

The Heritage Troupe was in Charlestown fine tuning their performance for the weekend audience.  Here Chan Cosans practices one of the parts.

The Heritage Troupe was in Charlestown fine tuning their performance for the weekend audience. Here Chan Cosans practices one of the parts.

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