Frontier Court Days

JuneJun 22 2019 09:00am - 05:00pm America/New_York

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Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, June 23

Step back in time to when Hanna’s Town served as the seat of government for Westmoreland County and held the first courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. Join us for reenactments of actual court cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786 along with living history presentations, military encampments and demonstrations, activities for children, live music, food, and more!

Living history includes:
- visits to Hanna's Tavern, the first Westmoreland County courthouse
- Proctor's Militia of Westmoreland County
- military encampments, drills, and artillery demonstrations
- blacksmithing, tinsmithing, and barrel making
- spinning and weaving by Applegate School of Needlepoint
- Revolutionary War medicine
- midwife and apothecary
- Native American history and culture
- 18th century church service on Sunday morning
- recollection of the burning of Hanna's Town

Live music by traditional Irish band Gallowglass and patriotic performance by singer Cathi Rhodes.

Children's activities at Frontier Kids station and new American Revolution-themed storytime.

See our new Westmoreland History Education Center!

Antiques & Sutlers Market featuring Penny River Clothing, Bushy Run Winery, Christina's Handbags, Shortbread Exchange Company, Tinsmith, and Cooper

Admission: $12 adults, $6 kids, free for children under 5


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Jun 22 09:00am
Gates open
Jun 22 09:30am
Flag raising ceremony
Official opening of Frontier Court Days. Ceremony led by Proctor's Militia at the American flag near the Fort and event parking area.
Jun 22 10:00am
Miltia drills and musket firing demonstration
Located in Fort, approximately 30 minutes. Learn more about the Westmoreland County militia that was based at Hanna's Town during the time of the Revolutionary War. The Independent Batallion Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, also known as Proctor's Militia, will explain and demonstrate militia drills and practices.
Jun 22 11:00am
Book talk by historian Brady Crytzer (Saturday only)
Located in Education Room of the Westmoreland History Education Center.

Join the always-engaging author and educator, Brady Crytzer, for a talk on The Brodhead Campaign of 1779. School children routinely hear of the patriots in Boston and the crafters of the documents of liberty and independence in Philadelphia, but they do not know much about the part that western Pennsylvania played in the Revolutionary War. In his talk, Mr. Crytzer will tell us about the 240th anniversary of the Brodhead Campaign. In 1779, General George Washington launched what would be his most successful campaign of the entire American Revolution: the destruction of the Iroquoia. A three-pronged attack from all directions, the campaign reduced the Haudenosaunee world to ashes and ended a centuries’old way of life. In the months and years following that terrible winter, a lust for vengeance took hold and attacks on frontier settlements continued to the wars’ end – with that on Hanna’s Town being the last and the one we remember in our re-enactments during this event. A book-signing will follow. Copies of most of Crytzer’s books, including War in the Peaceable Kingdom, Guyasuta and the Fall of the American Indian, Fort Pitt: A Frontier History, and Battlefield Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State’s Most Sacred Ground—his most recent—will be on sale at the adjacent Westmoreland History Shop.
Jun 22 11:30am
Children's storytime
Located near the Frontier Kids activity station, approximately 30 minutes. Children will enjoy a special read-aloud of an American Revolution themed picture book.
Jun 22 01:00pm
Frontier Court Reenactments
Located in the outdoor amphitheater, approximately 1.15 hours. Experience the excitement that the people of the 18th century felt when they gathered in town for court. The Westmoreland Historical Society will present the reenactment of actual cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786. See how those who were accused and convicted of crimes paid their debt to society on the Pennsylvania frontier.
Jun 22 02:30pm
Children's storytime
Located near the Frontier Kids activity station, approximately 30 minutes. Children will enjoy a special read-aloud of an American Revolution themed picture book.
Jun 22 02:30pm
Cathi Rhodes performs "An American Salute"
Local entertainer Cathi Rhodes will perform a 45 minute collection of patriotic songs.
Jun 22 03:30pm
Burning of Hanna's Town recollection and militia skirmish
Located in field near the Fort. Hear the compelling story of the destruction of Hanna's Town in one of the last armed conflicts of the Revolutionary War in July 1782, followed by a reenacted skirmish by Proctor's Militia and other reenacting groups.
Jun 22 09:00am
Frontier Court Days includes a variety of all-day activities, including:
- living history demonstrations
- traditional Irish music by Gallowglass
- Frontier Kids station with activities, games, and crafts
- a photography exhibit in the Westmoreland History Education Center's Kendra Gallery
- gift items in the new shop in the Education Center






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