Independence Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

Independence Day can be a time to reflect upon the history and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, as well as its roots in documents like the Hanna’s Town Resolves.
On May 16, 1775, citizens of Westmoreland County signed the Hanna’s Town Resolves, protesting the injustices of British Parliament and resolving to defend the region from acts like those seen in Lexington and Concord, while remaining loyal to the English monarch, King George III. Just over a year later, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia drafted the Declaration of Indepedence, ratified July 4, 1776. The Hanna’s Town Resolves, while not declaring independence, were part of the resistance to British oppression that later led to independence. Read more about the Resolves here.

The reading of the Declaration took place in front of the newly reconstructed Lefevre House.

Following the reading of the Declaration, leftenant Tom Klingensmith of Proctor’s Militia, I.B.W.C.P., called for patriots to join in support of the Revolution and led them into the Fort. The flag of the militia was lowered and the 13 star flag raised to symbolically represent a new era in American history.

Several members of Proctor’s Militia, I.B.W.C.P., set up displays about day to day lives of the militiamen and how Americans supported the Revolutionary War effort.

Visitors could try their hand at writing with a quill – and maybe join the Continental Army!

The blacksmith shop was also up and running, with visitors learning about an essential trade during the American Revolution.

Thank you to those who joined us at Historic Hanna’s Town today to learn more about local history and hear our reading of the Declaration of Independence, a moment to revisit the original document from 245 years ago as we strive for a more perfect union. 

Thank you also to the Trib for covering our event in this article.

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