Heritage Weekends 2017
Red Bank Battlefield
100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ

Spring Festival
April 23rd, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of sheep shearing, colonial textile demonstrations, spinning, embroidery, hearth cooking, and kids’ activities. Learn about the importance of textiles in colonial America.


Colonial Tea and Gardens
Reservations are required. Reservation deadline May 2nd. $10 per person
Call 856-307-6456

May 7, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Treat mom to tea and cookies at the Whitall House! Learn about the importance of tea in colonial American and the fascinating customs surrounding tea culture. Enjoy sipping your tea while the hearth cookers work their magic in the kitchen.
Seating times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.


Cleaning Day at Red Bank and the Whitall House
May 13, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
How did the Whitalls keep their house and farm neat and tidy? What kind of mess did they encounter at their home following the October 22, 1777, Battle of Red Bank? Through demonstrations of historic cleaning techniques, you and your family will get the dirt on everyday cleaning tasks that kept early Americans busy in an era before washing machines and disinfectant wipes. Join us and share your own “spring cleaning” heritage with the Whitalls!


Archaeology Day at The Whitall House, Red Bank Battlefield Park, Co-sponsored by the Gloucester County Chapter of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey
May 20, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
What can buttons, rocks, and dirt tell us about history? Join us and learn about the region’s underground heritage from local experts. Events will include an archeologist-lead walking tour of Red Bank Battlefield, site of the October 22, 1777, Revolutionary War battle, informed by research developed thanks to a recent grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. Disclaimer: This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.


Flower Show and Garden Festival
June 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get ready for gardening season with the Whitall House annual flower show! Enjoy vendors, gardening activities, kids’ fun, and beautiful plant specimens on display in the Whitall House. Learn about how to keep that garden going throughout the summer, tour the beautiful Whitall gardens, and enjoy family-friendly activities.

Community Read and Discussion of John McPhee’s The Founding Fish (2002), West Depford Public Library
June 21, 2017
6:30pm-8:30pm
What is the history of shad at the Whitall House at Red Bank, and why is it important today? Borrow or buy your copy of John McPhee’s The Founding Fish (2002), give it a read, and come to our community discussion about the book with Rowan University professor Dr. Joe Coulombe. Refreshments will be served! Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission / Department of State, and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission of Rowan College at Gloucester County.

 The “Founding Fish”: Shad at Red Bank, Yesterday and Today
June 24, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Want to learn more about the significance of what popular author John McPhee called “The Founding Fish” to the Whitall family and Red Bank in early America? Join us for historic foodways demonstrations with shad, chat with a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection biologist about the health of the Delaware River, and more! Let’s learn about the long history of the River’s importance to everyday life at Red Bank. You can tell us what it means to you too! Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission / Department of State, and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission of Rowan College at Gloucester County.

 Myth and Memory at the Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield
July 16, 2017
12 pm-4pm
Have you ever wondered about the history behind the monuments at Red Bank, the man behind the myth of Jonas Cattell, or the women and men who were responsible for preserving the Whitall House and Red Bank in the early twentieth century? Take a walking tour to learn about the long history of preservation at Red Bank Battlefield Park! You can share your own Red Bank myths and memories with us, too.

 Writing with the Whitalls
August 20, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What can we learn about everyday life in early America from Ann Whitall’s and Job Whitall’s diaries? Join us for a tour that will highlight ordinary events Ann and Job wrote about like going to church and gathering hay and extraordinary events like living with the aftermath of the Revolutionary War.

 The Augusta at Red Bank
September 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When the British vessel Augusta exploded in the Delaware River the day after the Battle of Red Bank in October of 1777, 240 years ago, people reported hearing the BOOM across the entire region. Join us for a walking tour to learn about the impact this event had on Red Bank as a military fort and a home and where you can see material traces of this vessel today.


18th Century Field Day and Jonas Cattell Run
October 22, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food, and fun! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Take in a spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show. Fun, food, and activities for everyone!


Holiday Candlelight Tours
December 8, 9 & 10: Friday (6pm-9pm), Saturday (3pm-9pm), Sunday (4pm-6pm)
 
What better way to kick off the holiday season than a candlelight tour of the Whitall House! See the house decorated in all natural elements, learn about the tastes and traditions of colonial Christmases, and visit with our hearth cookers working on a holiday feast!