Grave Robbers

As science shifted from the “exact sciences” pushed forward by the church and based not on observation but on theological premise toward “empirical sciences” focused on observation, experimentation, and challenge, new problems arose.  Throughout antiquity, doctors need not sully themselves with knowing the form and structure of the body, they delt in elegant theories like …

Bonhomme Richard Spice Ale

Bonhomme Richard was originally a merchant ship built at L’Orient for the French East India Company in 1765. Her design allowed her to be quickly transformed into a man-of-war in case of necessity to support the navy. She made two voyages to China, the first in 1766 and the second in 1769, was transferred briefly …

We’re running a Colonial Brewing Class at Thornbury Farms on November 7, 2021

Colonial Brewing: An Immersive History Experience Join the Regimental Brewmeister for a unique opportunity to experience the art and craft of 18th century brewing. This class will malt the grain, brew the mash over the fire in true 18th century fashion and each participant will take home a growler of the result and necessary equipment …

The Headless Hessian – Perhaps the Real-Life Inspiration Behind the Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Following defeats in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the American army was forced to flee into Westchester County, New York (AKA Sleepy Hollow) after having been routed by William Howe’s combined British and Hessian forces in New York City.  General Howe has sailed a formidable force up the Hudson River and landed several thousand troops behind Washington’s …

FEDERALIST No. 30: Concerning the General Power of Taxation

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

Antifederalist No. 29 — Objections to National Control of the Militia.

“A DEMOCRATIC FEDERALIST,” appeared in “the Pennsylvania Packet,” October 23, 1787; following #29, #30 is excerpted from The Address And Reasons of Dissent of The Minority of The Convention of The State of Pennsylvania to Their Constituents, December 12, 1787. Hume, an aristocratical writer, has candidly confessed that an army is a moral distemper in …

FEDERALIST No. 29: Concerning the Militia

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. October 28, 1776              Battle of White Plains. Pursued by General Howe and his Hessian allies, George Washington retreated from New York following his defeats in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  When …

Antifederalist No. 28 — The Use of Coercion by the New Government. (Part 3)

This essay was published in either the (Philadelphia) Freeman’s Journal; or, The North-American Intelligencer, January 16, 1788. The Congress under the new Constitution have the power “of organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and of governing them when in the service of the United States, giving to the separate States the appointment of the officers …

We’re running a Colonial Brewing Class at Thornbury Farms on November 7, 2021

Colonial Brewing: An Immersive History Experience Join the Regimental Brewmeister for a unique opportunity to experience the art and craft of 18th century brewing. This class will malt the grain, brew the mash over the fire in true 18th century fashion and each participant will take home a growler of the result and necessary equipment …