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A spectacular autumn evening in a stunning waterfront setting set the stage for An Evening of Entertainment at Wheatlands, the Talbot County home of War of 1812 hero General Perry Benson. Benson is credited with the ruse of hanging lanterns in the treetops of St. Michaels, providing a false target for British ships. In addition to friends of Preservation Maryland and our co-conspirators, the Historical Society of Talbot County, a detachment of Royal Marines invaded the historic waterfront property, taking hostage one of the female guests. Lest the damsel fall into distress, an authentic copper bucket was passed to secure the necessary ransom, and she was quickly returned to the gathering of colonials. The nervy Brits remained on site until the party’s conclusion, demanding to sample what they referred to as “grog.”
The magical friend-raising evening for our two organizations was made possible through the generosity of Wheatlands owners Bruce and Alice Rogers. PM board members Audrey Scott and Russell Dashiell and his wife JoAnne volunteered their services to help make everything run smoothly, as did Ward Bucher, an Eastern Shore Advisory Council member.
To see more of the event, visit the photograph album posted on our Facebook page.
Not just any British, either: the Royal Marines, straight from the War of 1812. Enjoy cocktails and an abundant buffet as you await their arrival at –
An evening of entertainment at Wheatlands
Join us on Saturday, October 13 for a unique and enjoyable evening at historic Wheatlands along the Miles River. This event will be held in association with the Historical Society of Talbot County. A private home, Wheatlands is the birthplace of General Perry Benson of War of 1812 fame. Enjoy delicious buffet, a full bar, and musical interludes by the Free and Easy Group. Local actor David Foster will offer his take on The Humor of American Politics: How Laughter Has Kept the Republic on Track. Finally, HSTC’s Talbotopoly game-board will come to life with interesting sign-ups for historic excursions, dinners and unique events during the coming year. Reservations for this event are $125 per HSTC or PM member and $150 for all others. Click here to register.
I think everyone would agree that Sailabration, the official start of the two-year celebration of America’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812, has been a great success. Hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents have flocked to the Inner Harbor and other sites in Baltimore to celebrate, making local businesses happy and organizers proud.
While the tall ships from around the world are spectacular and have been the main attraction, for me the highlight of past week has been watching the Blue Angels with my children from the ramparts of Fort McHenry on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and a spectacular setting for the show.
It was also a very profound experience to be in the Fort and reflect on what the soldiers had endured during the bombardment nearly two hundred years ago, which was witnessed by Francis Scott Key who wrote what would become our national anthem. And to fast forward to today and reflect on the important role of America’s armed forces and the sacrifices that are made by its members and their families as symbolized by the Blue Angels.
Of course, seeing the Blue Angels also makes you think about the incredible leaps in technology that have occurred since the ships and canons of 1812 to the jet fighters of today. It also brings to mind the important role of historic preservation as exemplified by Fort McHenry, which decrepit and abandoned was established as a national park in 1925, subsequently restored by the Works Progress Administration, and continues to serve as a touchstone to the War of 1812 and our national anthem.
It was great to see some 25,000 people in the park enjoying the air show, concerts and fireworks commemorating the defining role that Fort McHenry and Baltimore played in American history. And the celebration has just begun, because the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore isn’t until September 13, 2014!
As I sift through emails, tweets and Facebook posts each day it is hard to ignore. The War of 1812 Bicentennial is fast approaching. This summer is an exciting one for anyone with an interest in history or preservation. There seems to be events happening in every corner of Maryland and indeed that is just the tip of the iceberg with events being held in many states and Canada.
This weekend kicks off the start of the signature War of 1812 events. New York’s Fleet Week will celebrate the Bicentennial with a huge collection of Navy, Coast Guard, Coalition, and Tall ships descending on the Big Apple. From there the tour goes to Norfolk, Virginia and then it will be Maryland’s turn!
I’ve had June 13-19 circled in my calendar for awhile now and I hope you will be able to visit Baltimore and be a part of the celebrations. The Star-Spangled Sailabration is a week of events that should spark the interest of even those who have only a vague idea of what happened during the War of 1812. The ships will be open for tours, there will also be concerts, air shows and other programs.
While this is the biggest event in Maryland this year relating to the War of 1812, it is by no means the only one. Check out the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission’s website to find a bevy of events and sites that will educate and entertain. Baltimore also has a website set up with sites, events, and more information.
Looking for something to do right away? The Baltimore National Heritage Area will be holding a History Happy Hour on Friday, May 25 and tomorrow, May 30, Maryland Public Television will be holding a sneak peak of their documentaryThe War of 1812 on the Chesapeake: Home of the Brave.
Hope to see you on the ships in June!