THURSDAY, JULY 17
All day Registration & loading 12 noon – Noontime cannon (3rd New Jersey Volunteers)5:00pm – Evening meal 7:00pm – Tavern Event
FRIDAY, JULY 18All day Registration & loading 8:00am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – 5:00pm Set-up & load in 12 noon – Noontime Cannon (3rdNJV or other) 12 noon – Noontime meal 3:30pm – Formation / drill4:00pm – Shelburne Fife Introduction 5:00pm – Evening meal 5:30pm – Commanders meeting6:00pm – Parade 6:00pm – Encampment closed to public 9:00pm – Sunset Colour Ceremony 9:30pm – Harbour Ship skirmish – Continental Ship burning
SATURDAY JULY 19 Registration & loading until 12 noon
7:30am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – Commanders meeting 9:00am – Troops assemble 10:00am – Formation / drill 12 noon – Noontime Cannon 12 noon – Noontime meal 2:00pm – Landing re-enactment assembly 3:00-4:00pm – Landing event 5:00pm – Evening meal 9:00pm – Sunset Colour Ceremony 9:30 – Tavern event
SUNDAY, JULY 208:30am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – Muster for church 9:15am – Parade to Church 10:00/10:30am Church Service – Rick Welsh 11:00am – Parade to cenotaph for salute to all who have served12 noon – Noontime meal1:00pm – Parade to historic garden party2:00pm – 18th
Century Costume Exposition3:00pm – Strike Camp
Skirmishes may be scheduled subject to the inclination of the commanders. Participants are welcome to remain in the encampment through Tuesday morning ^^^top^^^
In 1783 about 3000 Loyalists, fleeing the consequences of the war in the Colonies, arrived in Shelburne, Nova Scotia on ships from New York City. Even with many Loyalists moving on to what is now New Brunswick and then to upper Canada, the population in and around Shelburne quickly swelled to more than 10,000.
As a result of this migration, Shelburne became the 4th largest city in North America and nearby Birchtown became the first free black settlement in Canada. The Loyalists, who maintained allegiance to the British Crown during the American Revolution, created an instant boom town in the wilderness. The population, which had grown so quickly, then decreased within twenty years to a few hundreds as the Loyalists moved to other destinations
The event is one of several large re-enactment events over the last ten years, portraying significant episodes in history surrounding the “American War.”. These include large events at Quebec City, Fort Louisbourg, Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Savanna and Yorktown.
The host re-enactment group is Abraham Van Buskirks Comany of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers and the Shelburne Reenactment Association and already there have been commitments from the Kings Orange Rangers, Prince of Wales Historical Dancers, Delancy’s Brigade, the 78th Regimment of Foot Highland Emigrants, 10th Regiment of Foot and the Royal American Fencibles. The largest Revolutionary War-era reenactment Society, the Brigade of the American Revolution, has placed the event as its premier national event for 2017.
Please refer to this website often to learn more about this grand weekend celebrating a unique chapter in Canadian history.