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General Washington's Retreat to Victory in Fort Lee November 17
Join us for our annual Washington's Retreat to Victory events in Fort Lee, NJ on November 17th! The Revolutionary War re-enactors will exit the Fort Lee Hisotric Park on Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Blvd. at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17th - join them as they recreate General Washington and his army's Retreat to Victory up Fort Lee's Retreat Route on Main Street to nearby Monument Park where there will be a musket salute / firing and drill followed by hot cider and donuts in the adjacent Fort Lee Museum.
Call the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at (201) 693-2763 for further details or visit www.fortleenj.org.
See the full schedule of this Revolutionary War LIving History Program below:
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Palisades Interstate Park Commission
NJ Section: Fort Lee Historic Park
Revolutionary War Living History Weekend
Commemorating the Events of November 1776
Members from over a dozen living history groups will commemorate the 236th Anniversary of the 1776 British Invasion of New Jersey and the start of Washingtons pivotal retreat to victory at Fort Lee Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, 2012. Re-enactors representing Continentals, Militia, British, Hessian, and Loyalist troops will take part in field and camp activities throughout the day.
Fort Lee Historic Park, on Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, has added new attractions over the past years, including a replica blockhouse, officers hut, and functioning 32-pounder artillery piece. This is surely an event you do not want to miss!
Schedule of Events
Saturday, November 17th:
10:00 AM: Camps Open to the Public
12:00 Noon: Parade to Monument Park Co-Sponsored by the Fort Lee Borough / Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs - get to Fort Lee Historic Park on Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Blvd. by 11:30AM so you can march with the Revolutionary War Reenactors on the actual retreat Route up Main Street that General Washington and his Army used in 1776 - there will be a drill and musket fire and ceremony at Fort Lee's Monument Park (1588 Palisade Avenue) and then free hot cider and donuts in the adjacent Fort Lee Museum on Palisade Avenue prior to the troops returning to the Fort Lee Historic Park.
1:30 PM: Music & infantry demonstrations
2:00 PM: Artillery Demonstration
3:00 PM: Battle of the Blockhouse
Sunday, November 18th:
12:00 PM: Demonstrations of 18th-century life: Music, Muskets, Medicine, Drill, Gunsmithing, Cooking, Sewing, Engineering, Etc
3:00 PM: Artillery Demonstration
Admission to all events is free. $5 parking fee in effect at Fort Lee Historic Park. For more information: 201 461-1776.
More About Fort Lee Historic Park
The park grounds span over 33-acres and command spectacular views of the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and the skyline of the West side of Manhattan. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds (sans pets and bicycles). Towards the northern end of the park, one can choose to take in the George Washington Bridge from one overlook or the skyline of upper Manhattan from the other. At the southern end, visitors can peruse reconstructed batteries and gun steps and 18th-century soldiers' and officers' huts. On a clear day, it is possible to view the mouth of the Hudson River from the south overlook of the park grounds.
Come weekends and summers, as part of an interpretive program with the Visitor's Center, staff and volunteers relive the ways of colonial life in the 18th century on the grounds. Because of their place in history, the park grounds also serve as a site of historical re-enactments of the Revoluntionary War. In addition, various recreational and cultural programs are held at the historic grounds throughout the year. Please check in with the Visitor's Center or online for the most up-to-date information on such programs.