Revolutionary War Living History Day 2022

Are you ready for this year’s Revolutionary War Living History Day? The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough is excited to host the 22nd annual ‘Rev War Day’ on Saturday, March 5th, 10 am – 4pm.

Every year, the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough invites the public to experience the local history of the American Revolution with a day of family-friendly events.  With reenactors, dancers, historic tours, interactive activities, and collaborative events throughout town, this is a day all can enjoy. This year’s events will take place at the Visitors Center, the Burwell School, and the Orange County Historical Museum.

Revolutionary War Living History Day focuses on Hillsborough’s unique role in the American Revolution, recalling Feb. 20, 1781, when British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his 1,900-man army occupied Hillsborough, seeking to enlist loyalists in the Revolutionary War effort. They left after six days with little success.

Revolutionary War Living History Day will provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in this history through reenactments, historic interpretations, and a setting reminiscent of life in the mid to late 1700s.

The Visitors Center, located at 150 E King St. in the historic Alexander Dickson house, will host the recreated 23rd Regiment of Foot, the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The regiment dates back to 1689, having been deployed to the American colonies in 1773, taking part in numerous fights including Charleston, Guilford Courthouse, Monmouth, and Yorktown. The Visitors Center will also host the 33rd Regiment of Foot, also known as the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, a line infantry regiment of the British Army. Lastly, the HM 64th Regiment of Foot reenactors will also be at the Visitors Center.

Additionally, there will be colonial cooking, sewing, and beer-making demonstrations by Historic Interpretations, a local organization of actors, historians, educators, entertainers, and artisans. Local historical fiction author Suzanne Adair will also be at the Visitors Center selling her award-winning books.

The Burwell School Historic Site, located at 319 N. Churton St., will host the Continental Lafayette Long Rifles, as well as colonial dancers who will be performing throughout the day.

The Orange County Historical Museum, located at 201 N. Churton St., will have colonial artifacts on display, a Revolutionary War Day museum tour to take, and interpretive talks at William Hooper’s grave in the Old Town Cemetery.

*Revolutionary War Living History Day is free and open to the public. Masks are required. We hope you’ll join us!