8 - 9 June 2019
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, MA
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THE SCENE: It is the summer of 1776. In March of that year, General William Howe was forced to evacuate his British regulars from the besieged city of Boston, transferring these forces by sea to Nova Scotia. Desiring to retake the lost city, a plan is enacted to land British forces on the north shore of Massachusetts, near the town of Newbury, and then push south to Boston. The Americans, having discovered the plan through their spy network, mass their forces at the Peirce farm just outside of the town to oppose the British regulars in their march south to lay siege to Boston.
Will the Americans prevail? Or, will the British forces break through their lines and succeed in besieging Boston as the Americans had done the previous year?
Join us at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts for the “Battle for Newbury,” a weekend encampment and battle scenarios that will play-out this “what-if" alternate history scheme that might have changed the course of the American Revolution.
In addition to the battle scenarios and demonstrations of 18th century military and camp life, there also will be a multitude of sutlers and colonial demonstrators, modern food vendors, as well as Ipswich Ale and 1634 Meadery purveying their locally crafted beer and mead.
The 230 acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is located in the beautiful seaside town of Newbury, MA and is one of the crown jewels in Historic New England’s stable of historic properties. The estate was first estblished in 1635 as a 400 acre parcel granted to John Spencer and features a Manor House built in 1690 by a subsequent owner, Colonel Daniel Peirce. The property was purchased by Edward Little in 1861 and was occupied by his heirs until 1986 when it was acquired by Historic New England.
View our Promotional Video
Video by Steve Crosby