Frontier Court Days
JuneJun 22 2019 09:00am - 05:00pm America/New_York
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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LocationHistoric Hanna’s Town
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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.
- 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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