Grab your muskets! The British Army to occupy Haddonfield – Again!
Re-enactors portraying the loyalists to the King and the New Jersey Volunteers will “battle” in downtown Haddonfield on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The event marks the 235th anniversary of the British encampment in Haddonfield.
Starting at 10 a.m. on June 1, the Continental Army will occupy the Historical Society of Haddonfield building at 343 Kings Hwy East, while the British encamp at the Indian King Tavern at 233 Kings Highway East.
Around 1 p.m. the New Jersey Volunteers will march down Kings Highway and encounter a large division of the British Army. The skirmish should take about 30 minutes, so don’t be late. It is highly probable that the British will drive the Continentals out of town before celebrating in the wine cellar of the Indian King Tavern. (With the British invading, Haddonfield residents would be well advised to bury any valuables in their gardens!)
There will be plenty of space for viewing along Kings Highway, which will be shut to traffic. Re-enactors will be cooking over fires and guarding their camps at the Historical Society and the Indian King, and guests are welcomed to meet and talk with them.
Also, the conference room at Remington and Vernick Engineers, 236 Kings Highway East, will be open to guest with Revolutionary War armies of toy soldiers on display.
From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, Kings Highway will be closed to parking from Haddon Avenue to Grove Street. This same area will be closed to traffic from about 12:50 p.m. until 1:40 p.m.
Visiting the Indian King Tavern is like stepping back in time to the Revolutionary Era, with its period rooms and historical details. The Indian King Tavern is where the New Jersey Rebel Assembly met in 1777 as we fought a war against the British who were occupying the state. The tavern is now a museum and an important part of our state’s history. The Indian King Tavern is a state-owned historic site operated with the assistance of the Friends of the Indian King Tavern.