2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree At Handsell October 11, 2014


Tents are UP, Tables and Chairs unloaded and we have made the decision to go on with the event!

A few showers won’t stop this great event–see you tomorrow!!!

Posted Friday October 10, at 4 p.m.

Questions please contact: restorehandsell@gmail.com


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 THIS YEAR – 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 "Voices of the Indiantown"

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!