Revolutionary War muster set for Rollinsford this weekend

By CRYSTAL A. WEYERS | The (Dover, N.H.) Foster's Daily Democrat | Published: October 18, 2013

ROLLINSFORD, N.H. — Soldiers of the Revolutionary War will rise for a muster this weekend at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

Travel back in time with local re-enactors as they re-create a muster and encampment of Captain Jonathan Wentworth’s company of militia. The unit fought in the Revolutionary War in 1775 after being recruited from the Salmon Falls region.

History will come alive with authentic military drills, firearms demonstrations, 18th century leatherworking, powder horn carving, colonial cuisine and a special drill for the littlest soldiers complete with wooden muskets and historical games.

Students, history buffs and the public are invited, free of charge, to this two-day event from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20.

The encampment will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday. At 11 a.m. soldiers will be called to arms and sign the roll of Capt. Wentworth’s Co. for twelve months of service. The children’s enlistment and musket drill will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The first formation of new recruits with whatever arms and equipment they carry will take place at 1:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m. there will be a “King’s Green” style bowls competition with prizes awarded and a Continental Army Lottery at 4:30 p.m. where participants can pay $5 to receive period tickets and be entered into a number of drawings to win items such as Georgian glassware, a wooden cheesebox canteen, a horn rum flask and a period fishing kit.

Camp will close to the public at 6:30 p.m. and reopen the following morning at 9 a.m. The first formation will be at 11 a.m., the children’s portion at noon, a ninepin game competition at 12:30 p.m. and another company formation and drill at 1:30 p.m.

The muster will end with the March to Boston beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Guided tours of the historic home, which dates back to 1701 and has been restored to its mid-18th century appearance, will be available both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person.

Those interested in becoming members of the Association of Rollinsford Culture & History should visit paulwentworthhouse.

The Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located at 47 Water St.

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