Nanticoke River Jamboree 2017 Theme: “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester”

All about the 2017 Theme: “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester”

Nanticoke River Jamboree “Games” returns in 2018.

Thank you to all participants and visitors who braved the rain to come out to Handsell on October 8, 2016.  It wasn’t a perfect day, but to those who attended, it was a good day!  The warm hearths in the Handsell Kitchen and in the Native Longhouse were appreciated for their comfort and beauty in lighting these magical spaces.  The theme of “Games” was so wonderful, that we are going to revisit it in 2018 with “Games Replayed”.  So please look forward to that!

Here is some information on the 2016 Jamboree.  We invited all these participants to join us again in 2018 and please do a “sunny dance”.

 Exhibitors interested in participating this October, please contact us:


For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2016 Click HERE


The NHPA wishes to thank the sponsors of the

2016 Nanticoke River Jamboree:








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 2016 we have an exciting schedule planned:


The popular “History Tent” in2018 will highlight the Beale Street Puppeteers with their version of the the historic Punch and Judy Show, along with hands-on puppet making opportunities between shows. Also featured will be Rachel O’Connell, who trained with and served as Assistant to the “Natural Philosopher”, Dean Howarth. O’Connell will demonstrate many favorite activities such as: trapball, croquet, Game of Graces (hoop toss), Shut the box (dice game), lawn bowling, mirror box, Newtons Inertia toy, tablecloth pull trick, friction tug o war, bed of nails, and singing wine glasses. At the time of this writing, NHPA has also contacted jugglers to participate as well as parlor musicians, such as mandolin players and Kite flyers.


Beale Street Puppeteers


Rachel O’Connell from the Natural Philosopher

Also NEW this year:  The Fairplay Vintage Baseball Club of Talbot:


And the Kite Loft  “Let’s go Fly a Kite”!



Paul Gasparo, Leather and Horn Wares and MANY MANY more craftspeople! 

Paul Gasparo demonstrates over an open FIRE!

Paul Gasparo demonstrates over an open fire and has created lead dice for GAMES!


Purchase goods and wares to support the restoration of Handsell at


Returning to the Jamboree again in 2016:

Representatives from the Pocomoke Indian Nation and other tribal  groups from the Eastern Shore 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!

Chicone Village pictured Summer 2015

Chicone Village pictured Summer 2015


Meet Chief Norris Howard from the Pocomoke Indian Nation and his family.  Hear the story of the Native People of DelMarVa.

Chief Howard discusses history of the Native People with a Radio reporter.

Chief Howard discusses history of the Native People with a Radio reporter.

Come see the preserved Handsell Kitchen at the Jamboree!  Meet Shirley Jackson, descendant of Charles Jackson who was born a slave in 1814 near Vienna.  Also “Voices of the Indiantown”, with Audio and Visual interviews displayed on a computer of descendants of slaves and sharecroppers of the Indiantown area.  See the newly restored Cooking fireplace, floor and interpretive signage.

Shirley Jackson re enacting one of her ancestors.

Shirley Jackson re enacting one of her ancestors.

***  Living History and Historic Craftsmen!  For a complete listing of Exhibitors go to Schedule of Events

 Angela Pinder as “Rachel Jackson”, house servant for the Samuel Thompson family, 1870.

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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!

***  Environmental Exhibits by groups such as, but not limited to Dorchester County Citizens for Planned Growth, Dorchester Master Gardeners, and the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. 

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

Admission of $4 per person with Children under 12 FREE helps defray our costs and bring this great event to Dorchester County!


One thought on “Nanticoke River Jamboree 2017 Theme: “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester”

  1. Looking forward to this event. I nearly cried when I went to training session on Saturday and actually saw longhouse laid out and markers in the ground. It has been a long time coming. I really want to help as much as I can to make this happen. The Nanticoke story needs to be told. Handsell is a unique place where three stories can be told side by side.


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