The defeat of the Americans by the British (whom we were fighting in the War of 1812, just in case you need a quick brush up!) at the Battle of Bladensburg led to the burning of Washington, DC. Thus we have the famous story of Dolly Madison saving the painting of George Washington from the White House and the legend that the "President's palace" became known as the White House after it was painted white to cover the smoke and fire damage after this siege.
This weekend you and your family have the opportunity to see what life was like in 19th century America at the 14th Annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment on the grounds of the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale, MD. Get up close and see reenactors as they portray British and American troops from that period. You can watch drills and enjoy demonstrations and representations of military camp life. There will be free music and children's activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
14th Annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment
Saturday, August 15, 12 noon - 4pm
Ground of the Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, MD 20737
Admission to the grounds and demonstrations: Free!
Tours of the historic house are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 ages 5-18, free for 4 and under.
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