Historic Cold Spring Village will present military encampments, weaponry displays and demonstrations from living history groups depicting various conflicts throughout the centuries at its annual Military Timeline Weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19.
The event will be held from 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. both days.
Featured this year is La Belle Compagnie, which will present English knights and archers from the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Other highlights include Civil War Union and Confederate encampments; interpreters of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the War of 1812 and the late 19th century British Army; and World War II Axis re-enactors. Historian Mike Kochan will channel Benjamin Franklin as he discusses Franklin’s military activities and inventions.
Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in a War of 1812 militia muster at 1 p.m. both days at the Dennisville Inn. At 3 p.m. village education and interpretation director Jim Stephens will present “The Story of Old Glory,” in which he tells the colorful history of the American flag and displays reproduction flags.
Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. Tuesday through Sunday, from late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.” Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through September.
The village is at 720 Route 9 S. in Lower Township. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For information call 609- 898-2300, ext. 10, or see hcsv.org.