20th Anniversary of The Continental Line, Inc.

Return to Mount Vernon
September 29 - 30, 2007

The Continental Line will celebrate its 20th Anniversary by returning to Mount Vernon, the home of our Commander-in-Chief. Designated a "Full Line" event, all member units are invited to come celebrate 20 years of our rich, historic interpretation.

George Washington

Scenario:

It is the fall of 1782, a year after the surrender at Yorktown. The news of American victory over the British has made its way through the countryside. Diplomatic discussions are underway to negotiate a treaty granting full independence to the American colonies. Although it will take several more months to complete this treaty, hope has been planted for the birth of this new nation. General Washington has opened his home to the American people for a weekend of festivities to honor this great accomplishment and to celebrate independence from the British. Troops, who have not been mustered out of the service, will demonstrate their military skills in honor of General Washington and the brave soldiers who fought for liberty.

The Continental Line, Inc.

For more information about this event, please contact info@20th.continentalline.org.

Wheat Barn

Purpose:

There are several reasons for holding this event:

To celebrate the military victory over the British army at Yorktown, Virginia, leading to our nation's independence.

To demonstrate for the public, through a variety of military and other living history activities, the life of the Continental soldier and his family.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Continental Line's formation as the premier American Revolutionary War re-enacting community organization whose primary goals are to guide and coordinate military re-enactment units, promote historical accuracy and increase public interest in the roots of United States of America history.

Plan:

The First Virginia Regiment and the Continental Line will sponsor a weekend of activities and demonstrations for the public that will include:

An authentic military encampment on the grounds of Mount Vernon. The encampment will consist of approximately 50 military units with a population of up to 1200 Continental Line members.

Military demonstrations, including musket firing, artillery firing, tactical demonstrations, living history scenarios, similar in scope to the 1999 Mt. Vernon encampment.

Provide re-enactor support for any special Mount Vernon sponsored activities, such as guided tours for the "Friends of Mount Vernon" or the "Mt. Vernon Neighbors" program.

Organize a party on Saturday evening to celebrate the Continental Line's 20th Anniversary and to thank all of the members who make these ongoing activities possible. The proposed activities will include 18th century music, dancing, and libations.

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