Needham Historical Society






at the RIDGE HILL RESERVATION, Charles River Street, Needham
Saturday, May 21 - Site open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Battle at 1:30 pm
Sunday, May 22 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Battle at 1:00 pm

~ SPECTATOR INFORMATION ~

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PARKING INFORMATION
Due to unfavorable ground conditions at the Nike site, parking for the The Battle for Needham will be at the Newman School. Shuttle buses will take visitors from the parking lot to Ridge Hill. Please follow link above for further information and shuttle schedule.
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For everyone's enjoyment and comfort,
there are a few Guidelines ~

This event is free of charge and open to the public,
courtesy of the Brigade of the American Revolution and Needham 300.


WEATHER - No weather-related problems anticipated. The event will be held as scheduled.

DEER TICK ALERT!
Summer is Deer Tick season, and this year seems to be worse than many.
Please make sure that you and your children are protected - wear shoes and socks, long pants (tucked into the socks) and use a bug-repellant containing DEET on your skin and containing permethrin on your clothes. See the information flyer from the MA Department of Health.

Camps - will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, and from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm on Sunday. For more detailed information, please refer to the Event Schedule.

Battles - During the actual battles, all spectators MUST be within the designated spectator area, so all members of the public who wish to watch the battles MUST have arrived at the event site no later than 1:00pm on Saturday, and 12:30 pm on Sunday. Shuttle buses will stop running at 12:45 on Saturday and 12:15 on Sunday, and no one will be admitted once the battle begins! A Narrator will begin explaining what is happening, and will continue to provide information throughout the coming battle.

No dogs are allowed. This is for the safety of the dogs. Due to the noise of musket and artillery fire, food being prepared in camp, and horses, all of which are war trained horses and as such are neither fond of nor the least bit afraid of dogs, there is too great a risk of dogs becoming frightened or injured.

Terrain - Please be mindful of the terrain, which can be rough in places, and includes fields and woods. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to do a lot of walking.


In addition to the battles, there will be events and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Check the Event Schedule for specific times and locations.

There will be many Sutlers (merchants) set up near the American encampment. These merchants sell all sorts of things the soldiers and civilians of the armies need, and also many things that members of the public may find of interest. Shopping is encouraged! Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the American camp and British defensive positions.

Guided Tours - Guided tours through the American encampment (Saturday and Sunday) and the British defensive positions (Sunday only) will include visits to the tents soldiers lived in, necessary crafts taking place, and food preparation in 18th century, field military kitchens. All soldiers and civilians in the camp are ready, willing and able to talk with and answer any questions members of the public may have. This is encouraged! Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the American camp and British defensive positions.

Presentation and explanation of the soldiers and civilians of the Rebel Army of 1778 - The Brigade of The American Revolution prides itself on the authenticity of its members. Everything worn, carried and used by all soldiers and civilians is based on exhaustive research. A presentation called People of The Brigade will showcase the different types of soldiers and civilians. This will involve a detailed explanation of many, different uniform and outfits worn in 1778. Questions from the public are welcome. Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the American camp and British defensive positions.

American artillery demonstration - American artillery was one of the best arms of the Continental Army. The gunners will present both an explanation of how the artillery was used along with a firing demonstration. This will be very noisy! Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp.

British artillery demonstration - British artillery was superb, and the American gunners modeled themselves on the artillerymen of the King. The British gunners will present both an explanation of how the artillery was used along with a firing demonstration. This will be very noisy! Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the British defensive positions.

American unit drills - The American forces of 1778 were no longer a 'rabble in arms'. They were fairly well equipped, and due to the recent French alliance were receiving better weapons and uniforms. Most important, however, was the fact that by 1778 the American forces had learned how to be effective soldiers on an 18th century battlefield. This meant drill and lots of it. Various units will do exactly the kind of drill and training that was done in 1778. Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp.

Cavalry Demonstration - Cavalry played an important part for both armies. Though there were no large, scale cavalry battles during the American Revolution, mounted soldiers were a key part for scouting purposes. And during the Southern campaigns cavalry did often take pasrt of fierce, fighting. Light dragoons, American, British and French were involved in many battles. There will be a cavalry demonstration both days and an authentic, military horse line in the American camp. Cavalry will also take part during the battles.

British unit drills - The British forces were professionals, and their drill showed it. Various British units will do exactly the kind of drill and training that was done in 1778. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the British defensive positions.

Musical concert - Music in an 18th century army wasn't just for parades or show. It was an important and necessary part of battlefield actions. The musicians will demonstrate how they were used during battles as well as giving a concert of popular, period pieces. Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the American camp and British defensive positions.

Meet the American commanders - The public will be able to meet and talk with the senior commanders of the American forces and get an idea of what they expect to happen, and how they plan to deal with any British force that they encounter. Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 to 4:00 pm around the American camp.

Meet the British commanders - The public will be able to meet and talk with the senior commanders of the British forces and get an idea of what they expect to happen, and how they plan to deal with any American force that they encounter. Sunday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the British defensive positions.

Divine Service - in the American Camp, Sunday morning. At 10:15 am a thoroughly accurate, and genuine worship service will be held in the American encampment. This will be precisely the kind of service the soldiers and civilians of the American Forces in 1778 attended. The public is cordially invited to participate! Sunday morning, 10:15 am, at the American camp.

18th Century Ball - An 18th century ball, with live music, dancing and 18th century dance instruction and calling, will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Needham. Soldiers and civilians of both the American and British armies, observing a 'truce', will attend in their best, 18th century, formal finery. Members of the public may attend for a fee of $10.00, paid at the door. BUT!!!! the required dress is EITHER an 18th century costume, or, black tie formal for those who prefer to wear modern attire. There will be a cash bar. Saturday, 7:30 to 10:00 pm, VFW Hall (20 Junction Street, Needham). Tickets $10 at the door.
Period costume or formal dress required.


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