2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree At Handsell October 11, 2014

Stay tuned for the plans for the

2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree:  

“400 Years in Indiantown”

Saturday October 11, 2014

Take a PEAK at last year’s event while we prepare to post information for 2014.

Exhibitors interested in participating please contact: restorehandsell@gmail.com


The NHPA wishes to thank the sponsors of the

2013 Nanticoke River Jamboree:

In part from a grant from:


Additional Sponsors include  

Healing Hands Animal Hospital, Salisbury, Maryland

Rob Davis, CPA, Salisbury, Maryland

Hebron Bank

Provident Bank

The 3rd Nanticoke River Jamboree was held  October 5,  2013.  With the theme “Waterway to Freedom” the NHPA  joined all of Dorchester County to commemorate the 100th year of Harriet Tubman’s death.  Tubman, born in Dorchester County, led over 300 enslaved people to freedom through the fields, woodlands and marshes of the Eastern Shore as she headed north to Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.  Along with our usual Environmental Displays, the 2013 Jamboree commemorated the of the struggle of those who sacrificed so much to find freedom along the Underground Railroad Byways.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can paddle along a protected and pristine Eastern Shore creek, ride a bike on country roads and enjoy displays from more than a dozen nonprofits.  In 2013 we have an exciting schedule planned:

Ongoing throughout the day: 

***  Environmental Exhibits by groups such as, but not limited to Dorchestery County Citizens for Planned Growth, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

***  “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!

Native Lodge under construction at Handsell pictured here August 2013.

Native Lodge under construction at Handsell pictured here August 2013.

***  “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!

1812 Eastern Shore Militia, a re-enactment unit complete with full military uniforms, equipment and muskat demonstrations.  This will be there first appearance in the mid-Shore area.

Warren Saunders, decoy carver and Frank Bittner, faux painting;

“Uncle Jon’s Soaps”, makers of soap that is healthy, handmade, hand-molded and natural. They specialize in soaps and offer other fine products including sugar scrubs, soap dishes, laundry powder and an all natural lip balm made from only the most healthy ingredients;

Jeff Dunkelburgher, a Virginia colonial Blacksmith

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

and Angela Pinder as a Runaway Slave Girl

and much much more!

Jeff Dunkelburgher, Colonial Blacksmith of Virginia at the 2012 Jamboree

Jeff Dunkelburgher, Colonial Blacksmith of Virginia at the 2012 Jamboree

*** Children’s Tent:  New this year, a Handsell Children Art Show.  Come let your child particpate in the coloring of four line drawings which will be displayed the day of the Jamboree.  Your child will receive a special “certificate” thanking them for participating in a Historic Art Show!!!  (All ages under 12)

The Dunkleburger boys from Virginia enjoy the Childrens Tent at the 2012 Jamboree.

The Dunkleburger boys from Virginia enjoy the Childrens Tent at the 2012 Jamboree.

*** Food Tent – the usual burgers, hot dogs and drinks!  Have a bite to eat while you visit the History Tent OR listen to Daniel Firehawk Abbott’s Native American presentation!

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

Eastern Shore Militia performing at the 2013 Jamboree.

Eastern Shore Militia performing at the 2013 Jamboree.

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!


The 2012 Nanticoke River Jamboree: “Life on the River 1612-1812” was held on June 23, 2012 at Handsell.  Virginia Blacksmith Jeff Dunkelburger had this to say about the 2012 Jamboree at Handsell:

“We were priviledged to demonstrate colonial blacksmithing at the Nanticoke River Jamboree, this past Saturday at Handsell to support the efforts to restore the house of Handsell and to celebrate the historic nature of the area.  It was an amazing event, filled with interesting people and fascinating history.  We’ve never been at a place before where the content of a festival was so solid – early American history and the war for Independance….the Underground Railroad and African American history… and Native American history all focused on one place.  I was so jealous of the folks that got to attend all the various talks.  There was so much to learn!”  —Jeff Dunkelburger, blacksmith

You can follow Jeff’s blog at: http://www.blackforestartworks.com/2012/06/demo-at-nanticoke-river-jamboree.html

For a complete Photo Album of the 2012 Jamboree go to our Handsell Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=206090382789171     

All the photographs of the Jamboree posted on Facebook and shown here are by volunteer Beth Barbush.  Thank you Beth for the very professional photographs!

For a short video collage of the Jamboree on You Tube go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HS8kZwmCxs&feature=plcp

Presented last year – The Baltimore United Volunteers, War of 1812 Reenactors!  With full uniform dress, rifles and equipment!  Come join us for the Star-Spangled fun!

2011 Jamboree: Baltimore United Volunteer 1812 Re-enactors at Handsell!