As its first stand alone festival, the 2nd annual Northwest Colonial Festival was a great success. With more than 60 reenactors and 1600 attendees over the 4 day event, this year’s festival was also a lot of fun! The weather was perfect and smiling faces were seen everywhere on the 20 acre oceanfront estate.
The “Old North Bridge” was surrounded by a river of blue forget-me-nots. Sprawling slit rail fences added character to the battlefields. A dashing green-coated Paul Revere rode through each morning and was followed by battles on the Lexington Green and in the afternoon on the Concord Bridge.
The large contingent of British “regulars” and militia camped in canvas tents out in the field. Period artisans ranged from a blacksmith, a cartographer, wool and flax spinners, a gunsmith and more. Each day Afternoon Tea was served on the oceanfront and attended by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other notables.
An exciting new festival, the Northwest Colonial Festival, is being launched on the Olympic Peninsula this summer with an early start to the Sequim Lavender Weekend!
A reenactment of the famous “shot heard round the world” on April 19, 1775 at Concord, Massachusetts during the “Battles of Lexington and Concord” will take place each day (July 15-19, 2015) at the George Washington Inn and Estate, located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington. A full scale replica of the Concord Bridge, also known as the “Old North Bridge”, will be assembled out in the farm’s lavender fields where British and Militia forces will reenact the two battles in period uniforms with their black powder muskets blazing away.
Colonial crafts, including wool-spinning, gunsmithing and blacksmithing with colonial period reenactors, sutlers and artisans, will take place in the colonial village. Separate British and Militia camps will be set up in the field.
The George Washington Society, a Washington State non-profit dedicated to an appreciation of our early American history, will sponsor this educational event.
(by Ralph Waldo Emerson – Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837 to the tune of “Old Hundredth”)
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.