Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Evolution of Arms in the Delaware Valley 1630-1830

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Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Evolution of Arms in the Delaware Valley 1630-1830
Friday, June 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Gradyville, PA
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  • Ticket Price: $35.00
  • Door Time: 6:15 PM
  • Show Type: Special Event
  • Restrictions: 13 & over
Join the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation for a very special fundraiser on June 21, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

During the month of September 1777, a mixed American army of Continental Troops, State Troops, and local Militia met and fought a British & German army in a number of battles commonly known as the Philadelphia Campaign.  Much has been written about the battles, but little has been said about how these 12,000 Americans came to be armed--especially when common people in their mother countries were forbidden to do the same.

Join local historian Chris Reardon as he showcases his collection of early American firearms and accoutrements and discusses the laws and culture that allowed these British citizens to possess, manufacture and carry hunting and military-style arms. He'll  highlight how firearms evolved over time, and dispel some of the most pernicious myths about these weapons that helped to win our nation's independence and carried us Westward into the frontier.

Tickets are $35.00 ($30.00 for members.)  Admission includes a light dinner and drinks served in the Plantation farmhouse, followed by the presentation and a tour of the Plantation.

Chris Reardon served for many years as a member of the East Goshen Historical Commission and on the Board of the Paoli Battlefield.  He has served as a longtime volunteer at Newlin Grist Mill, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation and Valley Forge Historical Park.