Antifederalist Nos. 18 — What Does History Teach? (Part 1)

Part 1: “AN OLD WHIG,” taken from The Massachusetts Gazette, November 27, 1787, as reprinted from the [Philadelphia] Independent Gazetteer. . . . . By the proposed constitution, every law, before it passes, is to undergo repeated revisions; and the constitution of every state in the union provide for the revision of the most trifling …

FEDERALIST No. 18: The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union

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 …

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

If you’ve never attended one of our Colonial Brewing Classes you are missing a real treat. At the demonstrations, I prepare beer and offer samples but all you get to do is observe. In our brewing classes, YOU ARE THE BREWER, and we coach. At the end of the day, you take home your wares …

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 17, 1777              Surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga In the summer of 1777, General Burgoyne led an army of 8,000 men south through New York in an effort to …

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 17, 1770John Adams DEFENDS the soldiers accused of murder as a result of the Boston Massacre Although a devout patriot, John Adams agreed to risk his family’s livelihood …

Benedict Arnold American Wild Ale

Do you consider Benedict Arnold a brilliant general or an evil traitor?  Despite what you may have learned in school, the answer to this question is far from simple and highly political.   Blessed with almost superhuman energy and endurance, handsome and charismatic, he was a successful apothecary and a seagoing merchant before the war.  Unfortunately, …

Antifederalist No. 17 –Federalist Power Will Ultimately Subvert State Authority

The “necessary and proper” clause has, from the beginning, been a thorn in the side of those seeking to reduce federal power, but its attack by Brutus served to call attention to it, leaving a paper trail of intent verifying its purpose was not to give Congress anything the Constitution “forgot,” but rather to show …

FEDERALIST No. 17: The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union

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 …

Crossing reenactments set for December 12 and 25

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring river crossing. During the event, hundreds of reenactors listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.The public has two opportunities to witness the crossing at Washington Crossing Historic Park. …

Antifederalist No. 16 –Europeans Admire And Federalists Decry The Present System

“Alfred” defended the Articles of Confederation, taken from The New-York Journal, December 25, 1787 as reprinted from the [Philadelphia] Independent Gazetteer. To the real PATRIOTS of America: . . . America is now free. She now enjoys a greater portion of political liberty than any other country under heaven. How long she may continue so …