If you went to the Indian King Tavern yesterday, February 18, 2012, you probably heard that the history re-enactor who portrays President Lincoln had been taken ill with pneumonia and was in the hospital. Some Civil War afficianados who had come to the open house specifially to see Lincoln left, many others stayed and were rewarded with an excellent talk given by Dr. Garry Wheller Stone on the Revolution in Haddonfield and environs. His talk was a detailed chronological account of the battles as the war entered New Jersey. He also gave interesting information regarding the commanders and militia.
The event was well attended by an interested and informed audience, it was a full hosue, capcity crowd. For those of us who are Revolutionary War period history buffs, it was an unexpected treat. My only regret was that my other Whitall House docents weren't there to hear this talk.
I am a docent at both sites, Indian King Tavern and James and Ann Whitall House, Red Bank Battlefield, National Park. I also work as a volunteer transcribing for the Gloucester County Historical Society Library and have just completed putting Ann Whitall's diary onto the computer with some notes for those who have an interest in her account.
Today, I'm off to the Burlington County Historical Society to hear a talk on Timbuctoo. I'll be going with a friend, Loretta Kelly, who is chief preservationist for the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro. More on that when we return. If you plan to go, the event is scheduled to begin at 2:00
and the Society building is on High Street in Burlinton. Hope to see you there!