The British are returning to Newport and the clock turns back to 1778 with the occupation of the Redwood in full swing…for one day only. Visitors to the Redwood Library & Athenæum will step into 1778 Rhode Island during Redcoats at the Redwood: A 1778 Living History Event as over 25 costumed interpreters recreate life in Newport during the height of the British occupation. Staged in partnership with the Newport Historical Society, guests will experience a glimpse into the life of a British officer and other loyalists who supported the crown during the American Revolution.
The Redwood’s Harrison Room will be transformed into an officer’s club as men from the British Army and Royal Navy discuss the latest news and intelligence about the war efforts, in-between relaxing & playing cards. Reenactors will portray key figures such as General Prescott, Mary Almy, Joseph Wanton Jr. and the newly wed Henrietta Overing Bruce. Other personas will include a printer, a minister, a merchant, officers’ wives and a local woman who’s courted by a British officer.
Hourly activities range from toasts to games and will include a skit inspired by the Redwood’s history from this time. Visitors can learn about 18th century newspapers, letters, artwork and military passes, including the pass that was required to leave the island, as well as life during the Revolutionary era in Newport.
All are welcome to join the action through the Spy Challenge where visitors will have the chance to represent patriot spies and collect intelligence as they chat with reenactors and learn about their military plans.