Newport, RI – The British are returning to Newport! On Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 2pm-7pm, visitors to the Redwood Library & Athenæum will step into 1778 Rhode Island during Redcoats at the Redwood: A 1778 Living History Event as over 25 costumed interpreters recreate life in Newport during the height of the British occupation. During this Newport Historical Society History Space event, presented in partnership with the Redwood Library & Athenæum, experience what life was like for British officers and other loyalists who supported the crown during the American Revolution.
The Redwood Library’s Harrison Room will be transformed into an officer’s club as men from the British army and Royal Navy discuss the latest news and intelligence about the war efforts, in-between relaxing, playing cards and enjoying a few drinks. Chat with reenactors portraying key figures such as General Prescott, Mary Almy, Joseph Wanton Jr. and the newlywed Henrietta Overing Bruce. Other personas will include a printer, a minister, a merchant, officer’s wives, and a local woman who’s courted by a British officer.
Hourly activities range from toasts to games and will include a skit inspired by the Redwood’s history from this time. Visitors can learn about 18th-century newspapers, letters, artwork, and military passes, including the pass that was required to leave the island, along with life during the Revolutionary era in Newport.
All are welcome to join the action through the Spy Challenge where they will represent patriot spies and collect intelligence as they chat with reenactors and learn about their military plans.
The Redwood Library & Athenæum is located at 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information visit NewportHistory.org or RedwoodLibrary.org.