Redcoats & Rebels

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 9:30am to Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 5:00pm

See the full schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.

Daytime events on both days include:

  • Mock battles and skirmishes
  • Tours of the British and American camps
  • "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations
  • 18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing
  • Cannon demonstrations
  • Musket drilling with kids
  • Martial music
  • Help with camp laundry
  • Learn scouting techniques during "Reconnoiter with a Ranger"
  • Drilling and inspection of the troops
  • Visit the battlefield hospital - see small pox innoculations and treatment of the wounded after the battles
  • See the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier - including delivery of uniforms, pay calls, and prisoner exchanges
  • Play 18th-century baseball
  • Attend a "Service for the Troops" (Sunday only)
  • Learn 18th-century dances
  • Explore interactive miniature war gaming (Saturday only)

Twilight Encampment
On Saturday, stay for special extended hours; the Village will be open until 8:00 p.m. and visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for the evening program. Hear a cannon barrage and at 6:00 p.m. hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams through their love letters. (The Village will close at its normal time, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.)

Food and beverages will be available for sale in the Village Cafe and Bullard Tavern Cafeteria. Grilled items and ice cream, as well as wine and beer will also be sold in the Village. Visitors may bring in their own food, but no outside alcohol is allowed.

Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village. (Remember, kids get free admission in August.)

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.




Participating Units

Americans and Allies
1st New Hampshire Regiment
1st Continental Regiment
2nd Massachusetts Regiment (Col Bailey’s)
2nd New Hampshire Regiment (Cherry’s Company)
2nd Rhode Island Regiment
3rd Ulster County Militia
4th Company Vermont Brigade (Herrick's Company)
5th Connecticut Regiment
5th New York Regiment
6th Connecticut Regiment
10th Massachusetts Regiment
24th Connecticut Regiment
25th Continental Regiment
85eme Regiment de Saintonge
BattleGroup Boston
Billerica Colonial Minute Men
Crane’s Artillery
Jeremiah Eames’s Rangers
Ladies of Refined Taste
Lebanon Towne Militia
Lexington Training Band
Nathan Hale Fife and Drums
Regiment Bourbonnais
Regiment de Gatinois
Smith Castle Museum
Stephen Buckland’s Company of Artillery
Stow Minutemen
Tew’s Company
United Train of Artillery
Warner’s Regiment
Yarmouth Minutemen

Crown and Allies
1st Foot Guards
4th Regiment of Foot
5th Regiment of Foot
8th Regiment of Foot
9th Regiment of Foot
10th Regiment of Foot
16th Queens Light Dragoons (Grey's Division)
29th Regiment of Foot
54th Regiment of Foot
64th Regiment of Foot
74th Highland Regiment
Butlers Rangers (Capt. Frey’s Company)
HMS Somerset
Kings Rangers
Peters’ Corps Queen Loyal Rangers
Pritchard’s Company Kings Rangers
Regiment von Dunop
Royal Irish Artillery


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