2015 Nanticoke River Jamboree: “FIRE”! at Handsell October 10, 2015

We are busy lining up our past and also new exhibitors for the 2015 Jamboree at Handsell.  The theme this year is FIRE!  Now how more exciting can we get than that?

How did FIRE sustain the native people and colonists?  Besides cooking, many skills necessary to life required the use of fire–brickmaking, blacksmithing, tanning, dying wool–the list goes on.  And how did FIRE impact in negative ways?Colonist were constantly aware of the possibility of a fire destroying a home, as it did Handsell itself!

Look for not only great living history interpreters this year, but display of Fire Apparatus and trucks, Forest Fire  and Marsh burning information and more!

Exhibitors interested in participating this October, please contact us: restorehandsell@gmail.com

Sponsorships are being sought for the 2015 Jamboree.  Please add your business’ name to this poster!


You can add your name and logo as a sponsor of the Jamboree!

You can add your name and logo as a sponsor of the Jamboree!

Coming NEW in 2015:

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations by Dory Cunningham

Dory demonstrating open hearth cooking

Dory demonstrating open hearth cooking

A Complete List of Exhibitors for 2015 Coming Soon- Check back in August!

The NHPA wishes to thank the sponsors of the

2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree:

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Rob Davis, CPA, Salisbury, Maryland

Healing Hands Animal Hospital, Salisbury, Maryland

 Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can learn from and be entertained by our outstanding Living History Performers, paddle along a protected and pristine Eastern Shore creek, ride a bike on country roads and enjoy displays from several nonprofits.  In 2014 we have an exciting schedule planned:

Ongoing throughout the day: 

NEW in 2014 – Actor David Emerson is joining us with an impressive resume spanning 25 years of Living History Interpretations.  This year we will be visited by General George Washington at the Jamboree!

David Emerson as General George Washington

David Emerson as General George Washington



Returning to the Jamboree:

***  “Origins”, a native American presentation by Daniel Firehawk Abbott at the newly constructed Longhouse at Handsell.  Come meet the men who constructed this amazing native lodge and hear about the methods used to build it.  Walk through this full-size native dwelling house–the children MUST see this!

Handsell with the Chicone Longhouse.

Handsell with the Chicone Longhouse.

***  “African American Story of the Indiantown”  Tent presented by the NHPA Native American Steering Committee, exhibits and discussions with family members.  Also “Voices of the Indiantown”, with Audio and Visual interviews displayed on a computer of descendants of slaves and sharecroppers of the Indiantown area.  View Video Teaser of the new project.

Collage of the Filming of

Collage of the Filming of
“Voices of the Indiantown”Living History Re-enactors including Art Malestein, 17th century re-enactor of Christopher Nutter, early owner of Handsell trading post;  Jeff Dunkelburgher, a colonial blacksmith from Virginia; Warren Saunders, Maryland Master Apprentice and Decoy Carver; Frank Bittner, faux painting and much, much more!

***  Living History and Historic Craftsmen!

The Chesapeake Independent Blues Militia, a re-enactment unit complete with full military uniforms, equipment and muskat demonstrations.  This will be there second appearance at the Jamboree.

Warren Saunders, decoy carver and Frank Bittner, faux painting;  and many more!

For a complete listing of Exhibitors go to Schedule of Events

Chris Roper, a Virginia colonial Blacksmith

Jeff Dunkelburgher, Colonial Blacksmith of Virginia at the 2012 Jamboree

Actors Carolyn and Monte Hailey portray “Mr. and Mrs. James Steele”


Angela Pinder as a Runaway Slave Girl

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and Margaret Ingersoll as “Ann Ogle Buchanan Steele”

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and much much more!

*** Food will be supplied by “2 Chicks Catering”, a truck full of Eastern Shore favorites including crabcake sandwiched!  Have a bite to eat while you visit the History Tent OR listen to Daniel Firehawk Abbott’s Native American presentation!

***  Environmental Exhibits by groups such as, but not limited to Dorchestery County Citizens for Planned Growth, Dorchester Master Gardeners, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Nutria Project.

“History Tent Performances” – Events scheduled throughout the day–see  Schedule of Events

Kat Lindsay's portrayal of an American slave.

Kat Lindsay’s portrayal of an American slave.

Admission of $4 per person or $10 per family helps defray our costs and bring this great event to Dorchester County!