Muster DayJune 8
Old Sturbridge Village celebrate recreates a typical Muster Day and celebrates our military history.
Meet members of the military from various points in our history, including the Revolutionary War, 19th-century militia membes, and soldiers from the War of 1812.
New! Learn about contrasting opinions during a militia protest parade. By the 1830s, American citizens from the average farmer to Generals in the militia petitioned the government to reform the militia, which they saw as useless in its current form. They stagedfarcical and entertaining parades with ridiculous costumes and equipment. Old Sturbridge Village will be recreating one of those parades.
Learn the difference between volunteer militia companies, who drilled regularly and had matching uniforms, and enrolled companies, who typically met only twice a year to train.
Groups will be demonstrating drilling, military martial music, target practice and "sham fights" or mock battles.
Our young visitors will get the chance to learn period drill and marching with the militia officer’s instruction and a toy gun. Later, the new recruits will be able to put their skills to use in their own “mock battle”.
Guess how many musket balls are in a keg. The closest guess will win a special Village-made prize.
|Muster Day Upcoming Dates|
|Saturday, June 8, 2013|