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Leslie's Retreat Community Reenactment 2.0


Mark the Occasion! Join the Ranks! A fun and informal reenactment of Colonel Leslie's 1775 march to the Salem, the taunting by the townspeople, and the compromise crossing of the North River. Then we will all retreat together to the First Church for some warm refreshment.

You can be part of the British Army:

11:30 am - Meet at Hamilton Hall - bring your recorders and slide whistles - leave the muskets and bayonets at home. Be ready to walk up to a mile (weather dependent).

Or you can join the townspeople to hurl colonial insult:

11:45 am - Meet at First Church in Salem UU - All are welcome to attend the service that begins at 10:30 and will be dismissed by the warning that the Redcoats are coming. Or you can mingle in the church yard and greet the congregants who will join the crowd in opposition of the British march.

Or stand your ground with the militia:

11:50 am - Corner of Federal and North Streets. The theatrical confrontation between Colonel Leslie and Captain Felt will need an angry crowd in the background. All surly colonists invited.

Colonists and British soldiers are then invited back to First Church for warm drinks and refreshment (12-1pm).

Hosted by the First Church in Salem UU, Salem Historical Society and Historic Salem Inc..

Information will be updated as it is finalized.