Revolutionary History in Action at Hampton History Museum

Hampton Roads is so rich with history, and you will have a special opportunity to catch a glimpse of how this country gained its independence- on the land and on the sea!

The Hampton History Museum will present the first-ever reenactment of the Battle of Hampton on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in and around downtown Hampton’s waterfront and parks.

The two-day event will bring to life the reenactment will display the land and sea battle that started the Revolutionary War in Virginia.

Hampton History Museum executive director Luci Cochran comments, “This truly will be a unique reenactment experience. It won’t be a fight between two armies in a remote field somewhere. This is a land and sea battle, with Colonists fighting from the shore, and the British firing cannons onto the shore from ships in the harbor, and close combat in the city’s streets.”

Nearly 100 reenactors will portray troops involved in the battle. Reenactors on the American side include the 6th Virginia Regiment, 7th Virginia Regiment, 2nd North Carolina Regiment and the 6th North Carolina Regiment. These patriots will clash with a small flotilla of period boats determined to land British Redcoats from the 14th Regiment, 64th Regiment, 76th Regiment and the Queen’s Own Loyalists in an effort to burn Hampton to the ground.

Boats and ships enlisted for the sea battle reenactment include the 16’5” Renascent from Smithfield, VA; the 27’ Explorer from Deltaville, VA; the 29’6” Moon from Johnsonburg, NJ; the 54’ Meka II from Beaufort, NC. The Ranascent is being portrayed as one of the boats from the HMS Otter. The Otter was the Sloop of War that Captain Squires commanded during the occupation of Hampton Roads by Lord Dunmore.

Both days commence at 10:00 a.m. with activities at both the British and patriot’s BoH Patriot Encampmentcamps in Mill Point Park. Visitors will get to hear both sides of the story, experience daily life of the soldiers, and be invited to participate in activities including muster and drill.

Each day at 1:00 p.m. brings the naval battle off the wharf and in the harbor. Following the spectacle of British vessels firing at the defending patriots onshore, activity will shift to military skirmishes out in the streets of downtown Hampton.

Throughout the day, food vendors, period craft demonstrations, living history and music will take place in Carousel Park. Educational hands-on activities will be offered by event partners the Casemate Museum, Mariners’ Museum, and Norfolk Naval Museum.

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in downtown Hampton. For more information, dial 757/727-1610.

Battle of Hampton Schedule

Map - Battle of HamptonThe Battle of Hampton has …”Raised our country (Virginia) into a perfect state of frenzy

Thomas Jefferson, 1775

Saturday, October 24

10 am              Camps open

Mill Point Park

Get a taste of camp life with the British and Patriots to hear both sides of the story.  Join in muster and drill—don’t be surprised if they try to recruit you!

11 am              Our Story, Our Time – Oral Histories of the Revolutionary War

St. John’s Church

Hear about the conflict in the words of some influential people from the period.

12 pm              Historic Walking Tour of the Battle of Hampton

Meet at the Hampton History Museum

Join historian Mike Cobb for an enlightening tour of points of interest related to the battle

1 pm                Land and Sea Battle

View from waterside plaza by Crowne Plaza Marina Hotel

2 pm                Land Battle begins

Follow the street skirmish beginning at Mill Point Park and heading down Queen Street toward Settlers Landing Road.

3 pm                Historic Walking Tour of the Battle of Hampton

Meet at Hampton History Museum

Join historian Mike Cobb for an enlightening tour of points of interest related to the battle

3:30 pm           Cannon Demonstration

Mill Point Park

4 pm                Camps close

 

Sunday October 25

10 am              Camps open

Mill Point Park

Get a taste of camp life with the British and Patriots to hear both sides of the story.  Join in muster and drill—don’t be surprised if they try to recruit you!

12 pm              Historic Walking Tour of the Battle of Hampton

Meet at Hampton History Museum

Join historian Mike Cobb for an enlightening tour of points of interest related to the battle

1 pm                Land and Sea Battle

View from waterside plaza by Crowne Plaza Marina Hotel

2 pm                Land Battle begins

Follow the street skirmish beginning at Mill Point Park and heading down Queen Street toward Settlers Landing Road

3 pm                Historic Walking Tour of the Battle of Hampton

Meet at Hampton History Museum

Join historian Mike Cobb for an enlightening tour of points of interest related to the battle

3 pm                Camps close

 

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