BRADLEY, Maine — The Maine Forest and Logging Museum will present Life in the American Revolution, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8.
Museum visitors are invited to bivouac, skirmish and run for their lives as knowledgeable volunteers keep history alive through re-enactment at Leonard’s Mills, the museum’s historic village set in Bradley.
The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960 dedicated to keeping history alive for present-day citizens of of Maine, particularly the pioneer and lumbering period from the 1790s through the 1900s. This year, Life in the American Revolution celebrates the 230th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American struggle for independence in 1783. Visitors to the museum will see first-hand, and in some cases do, what their forefathers and mothers did so many years ago as volunteers tell the stories of Life in the American Revolution.
A bivouac will take over the museum grounds and visitors will see:
• Soldiers living in tents.
• Skirmishes between Patriot and Crown troops.
• A medical doctor showing all the gory tools of his trade centuries ago.
• A surveyor with his traditional equipment.
• A loyalist telling his story.
• A Hessian wife telling her story.
• Women cooking traditional food over an open fire
Dedicated groups of volunteers from the Colonel Bailey’s 2nd Massachusetts Regiment and the 74th Highland Regiment will take part in the event.
Bring a picnic, and spend the day in the 18th century.
Since today’s military has their roots in the Revolutionary War, The Maine Forest and Logging Museum offers free admission to Life in the American Revolution for active duty military, national guard and reserve members, and veterans.
Admission to others is $10, $5 children.