Colonial York Day 2019
This year, Colonial York Day will highlight actual trials that took place in York – with audience participating as defendants and jurors. Engage with reenactors, demonstrators, and living historians, as they bring the 18th century to modern York. New this year, we’ll be featuring programs on Algonquian Tribal Governance, presented by tribal member Drew Explore the roles of the Algonkian man and woman, the customs of kinship/marriage, captivity, adoption, and assimilation into a tribe for both Europeans and other Native Americans with the trade and daily items of the period.
Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM -First Capital Fife and Drum performance
10:30 AM – Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp
11:00 AM -Meet Baron Von Steuben, portrayed by Mark Hagenbuch
11:30 AM- “The Election Brawl of 1750”, a 20 minute live illustration of how York’s first election day unfolded.
12:30 PM- Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp
1:00 PM- Meet Baron Von Steuben, portrayed by Mark Hagenbuch
1:30 PM – “The Election Brawl of 1750”, a 20 minute live illustration of how York’s first election day unfolded.
2:00 PM- 18th Century Law and Justice: A talk given by York County judge, Honorable Gregory M. Snyder, in the Colonial Courthouse.
2:30 PM – Mortar Demonstration by Stephan Bradley, Lancaster Flying Camp
3:00 PM- Closing Ceremony…Amid huzzahs and hisses.
- Drinks of the Founding Fathers: Participants will sample selections from ….. Taste tipples like punch, mimbo, Madeira, cider and whiskey as Murray Small of Dill’s Tavern shares their background. ID required, limited spaces available. Sign-ups day of event, starting at 9:45 A.M.
- Robert Mouland of Wireharp Productions will provide music, and entertainment using puppetry and a precursor to movies called a “rolling transparency.”
- Colonial Crafts by Stone House History, and Frontier Living History
- Gunsmith, Dennis Amspacher
- Blacksmith, Ty Zimmerman
- Bladesmith, Jason Metzger
- Log squaring by Dave Reed
- Pillory “punishment” and photo opportunity
- “This is Home” family activity area: When the town of York was first laid out, there was a requirement that a “substantial structure” be built within one year. That “substantial structure” had to be at least 16 feet by 16 feet. We’ll have a log footprint, 16 feet square with area designated as hearth, complete with cast iron cookware, etc, and furnished with a rope bed and straw mattress that can be laid on. Various chores and games round out the area.
- Living historians from Frontier Living History and Stone House History and others, breathing life into how people lived from the 1740’s to 1770’s.