The British Are Coming! Haddonfield Hosts Annual
‘Skirmish’ Saturday, June 1
New for 2019, expanded live history presentations, games,
demonstrations, music, food, and much more!
The British are coming to the Downtown! The annual ‘Skirmish’ in Haddonfield, sponsored by The Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum, takes place on Saturday, June 1. Rain date for the ‘Skirmish’ is Sunday, June 2. The event marks the re-enactment of the type of skirmishes that took place in the historic town, leading up to the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.
The day is jam-packed with several live history presentations, games, demonstrations, music, food, and much more, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. The Haddonfield Historical Society will be giving guided walking tours, highlighting the history of colonial Haddonfield. From 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., visitors can have a caricature drawn of themselves in colonial or Red Coat garb at the Haddonfield Farmers Market. There will also be a pre-Skirmish visitation to shops throughout the Downtown by the British Troops and Queen’s Rangers.
At 10 a.m., the Redcoats will ‘occupy’ Downtown Haddonfield, while the Continentals 'encamp' at the Indian King Tavern, 233 Kings Highway East.
At approximately 1 p.m. the Redcoats will march down Kings Highway and encounter the Continentals. The ‘battle’ will occur along Kings Highway outside of the Indian King Tavern.
The ‘Skirmish’ will last 30 minutes between Haddon Avenue and Grove Street. It is highly probable that the British will drive the Continentals out of town before celebrating at the Indian King Tavern.
There will be plenty of space for viewing the 'Skirmish' along Kings Highway, which will be closed to traffic. The re-enactors will be cooking over fires and guarding their camps. The Redcoats, including the Queen's Ranger and their horses, will be behind Borough Hall; and the Continentals at the Indian King Tavern. Guests are welcomed to meet and talk with them.
Kings Highway will be closed to parking from Haddon Avenue to Grove Street on Saturday, June 1 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Visiting the Indian King Tavern is like stepping back in time to the Revolutionary Era, with its period rooms and historical details. The Indian King Tavern is where the New Jersey Rebel Assembly met in 1777 as we fought a war against the British who were occupying the state. The tavern is now a museum and an important part of our state’s history. The Indian King Tavern is a state-owned historic site operated with the assistance of the Friends of the Indian King Tavern.
Photo Credit: Kim Brooks
The ‘Skirmish’ features re-enactors portraying British loyalists to the King ‘battling’
the Continental Army in Downtown Haddonfield on Saturday, June 1.