Union County, NJ – On June 24 and 25, Union County’s Oak Ridge Park will burst into action as hundreds of men, women and children gather to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Short Hills, immersing onlookers in historically accurate camp life, drills, cookery, music, musketry, cannon fire and of course, running battles as the Continental Army and local militia team up to fight off a superior British force.
All ages are invited to participate in a schedule of public activities in the camp before the battles begin, and follow along from a safe distance as the action unfolds.
The rain-or-shine event is free of charge and free parking is available. Visitors are advised to bring water, sun protection and a portable chair or blanket, as the event is staged in open fields.
Access is via the main entrance of Oak Ridge Park, on Oak Ridge Road in Clark.
The Battle of Short Hills 240th Anniversary is sponsored by the Freeholder Board. It is a project of the Brigade of the American Revolution, a living history non-profit association.
BAR is dedicated to bridging the centuries with an immersive experience that helps modern audiences understand the myriad of forces at work in the lives of ordinary men and women, in and out of battle through the long years of war.
A complete schedule of events is available online at ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
For many more details visit the Battle of Short Hills on Facebook, facebook.com/BoSH2017.
More information about BAR is available online at brigade.org.