J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

On the Home Front in Rollinsford, N.H., 29-30 Apr.

This weekend, 29-30 April, the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, will host a two-day living history event titled “1777 Home-Front: Life at Home During the American Revolution.”

The event description says:
The year is 1777, two years into the war, and residents of the town meet at the Wentworth House to join together in preparing supplies and clothing to send to the troops, while the Colonel’s family tend to the every day chores and activities of running and maintaining the house and grounds.

Reenactors and historians will bring the house and moment in history to life as members of the Wentworth household and their neighbors during the Revolution, depicting every day life at home during the war, preparing formal meals from the hearth to table, discussing the events of the time, and preparing needed supplies for the war effort. While each day sees visits by local vendors, merchants, army recruiters, and men of the town preparing for the impending call to arms.
The site is open each day from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Admission is free for children and members of the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History, $5 for everyone else.

The Paul Wentworth House was built in Rollinsford around 1701; dismantled and removed to Dover, Massachusetts, in 1936; and then returned to Rollinsford and rebuilt in 2002.

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