Thursday, November 1, 2018

George Washington Birthplace National Monument - 20 October

Captain McGaughey leads the men to the next presentation

    The British Marines made our fifth, and likely last annual appearance at George Washington Birthplace NationalMonument.  We had a great time talking with a couple hundred visitors who came out on beautiful Virginia fall day.  Our unit talked to the visitors about the causes of the war, wartime Virginia, and what life was like for the British Army and in particular, His Majesty's Marines.  The Marines conducted several firing demonstrations (pictured here), along with our friends from the 5th Cumberland (PA) County Militia.  The public seemed especially interested in the rifle vs musket demonstrations - and, as we all know, the bayonet always wins!

    In addition to our Marines, the ladies helped bring the park to life with living history demonstrations in the main house, and the unit's favorite cooking demonstration.  The house and kitchen building both saw a steady stream of visitors come through asking questions about the early life of George Washington.  They also were curious as to the people who lived at the Pope Creek Plantation, and what the ladies were cooking.  At the end of the day, the Marines and ladies were treated to the wonderful results of the hearth kitchen cooking demonstrations, ably led by Kimberly Walters and Krista Jasillo.  You can read all about what they made here.

Musket Demonstration 

Corporal Wilson, Private Roncone, and Private Donovan