Monmouth Reenactment

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Saturday Jun 18, 2011 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Revolutionary War Sites, Travel

Each morning, the kids have been opening an envelope to see where we are going for the day. This was Day 6 and the clues were George Washinton vs. Sir Henry Clinton, Molly Pitcher and Washington surprises the Hessians. It took them awhile but they finally figured out we were going to Monmouth Battlefield.

On the way into the park we walked thru the Continental Camp. The reenact actors were eager to answer any questions and tell you what they were doing. We then claimed our spot at the edge of the battlefield. We watched a cavalry drill and an artillery demonstration.  We then went to a demonstration by “Molly Pitcher” on how to shoot a cannon. Cobey was a gunner in the demonstration. After lunch, we walked to the British camp. Cobey and Claire liked when the kids made the British retreat and then took them prisoners. We then went and waited for the reenactment.

This was my first reenactment and one lesson I learned was they are  very loud. We were right beside the cannon and it was louder than a rock concert.  I am glad I have now been to an reenactment  but don’t know that I will go out of my way to go again. It was okay but not  exciting like watching a movie that you already know then ending. And you don’t get to see it all because they keep moving around.  A little tip if you go, if you are going to sit up close take a blanket not chairs because they will not let you use chairs if you are in the front few rows. Also don’t forget the earplugs. My ears still hurt. Cobey enjoyed it and  said it was better than Bentonville because he could see better. Claire was excited about seeing the Hessians.

This has NOT been a great day! It was hot and we had a lot of waiting for the things to happen. Claire was whining and Cobey was grumpy. I don’t think we will make it to Day 19 at this rate which would be very sad because there are some cool things toward the end. The kids would be sad to open the last envelopes and see what they missed out on. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!

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