Lansdale, PA—This October, experience two unique opportunities to relive a soldier’s life in the Revolutionary War at Pete Wentz Farmstead from the PA State Regiment, in honor of troops that served this area.
When General George Washington stopped at the Peter Wentz Farmstead in October of 1777, he was followed by an army of 10,000 weary troops. Recovering from recent defeats at the Battles of Brandywine Germantown, the Continental Army set up camp at Methacton Hill, about a mile and a half from the Wentz house. Learn what brought the army to Worcester and what happened at the Battle of Germantown from living historians of the PA State Regiment.
On Friday, October 13 at 6 p.m., visitors can experience "An Evening’s March" with the PA State Regiment. Place yourself in the hard-worn shoes of a Continental soldier during this one-mile immersive march as you hear about the trials the troops faced during the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777.
The march will take roughly one hour. Please be advised that this is a nighttime program that will pass through dark areas with minimal visibility. Visitors with limited mobility are welcome and can remain at the camp with some of the soldiers during the walk. This free program is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Limited space is available. Register at https://pwfeveningsmarch.eventbrite.com.
Life in Miliary Camp
Join us on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to experience life in a military camp during the Philadelphia Campaign. Watch the regiment conduct marching and musket firing demonstrations, visit the military camp kitchen, and learn about the vital role that civilian camp followers played during the American Revolution. Tour the historic house to learn about General Washington’s stay here and view a recreation of his temporary office. Programs conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a recreation of a unique event: the “feu de joie,” a musket firing celebration that took place while the troops encamped in this area.
For more information about this program and others, please call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104 or visit www.montgomerycountypa.gov/peterwentzfarmstead. This restored 18th century Pennsylvania German historic site is owned and operated by the County of Montgomery and receives support from the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society. The site is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. with guided tours offered on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. The Peter Wentz Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road in Lansdale, PA 19446.
Media Contact: Megan Alt, Megan.Alt@MontgomeryCountyPA.Gov