Nanticoke River Jamboree 2019 celebrating 350 Years in Dorchester! Join us for the county’s largest living history event

Nanticoke River Jamboree

As a designated Heritage Area in Dorchester County, Maryland, we at Handsell are pleased to join in the celebration of the county’s 350th Anniversary.  This gives us a wide range for interpreting the history of Handsell from the Native People to the African American enslaved and sharecroppers and including colonial settlement.  Through historic craftspeople, docents in period dress, cooking of the enslaved, Native life skills and the history of the water of the Eastern Shore, visitors can immerse themselves in over 300 years of history.

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

For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2019 Click HERE

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Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can learn from and be entertained by our outstanding Living History Performers.   In 2019 we have an exciting schedule planned:

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This year we have several amazing living history interpreters!!

Jerome Bias, Plantation Cook

Returning in 2019 in the restored Handsell Kitchen:  Jerome Bias, a living history interpreter portraying an enslaved cook.  Mr. Bias will discuss how African traditions and food preparation influenced early American cooking and talk about the life of enslaved people.

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The Chronicles of Adam

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      Dontavius Williams is a historical interpreter who travels across various states teaching people about America’s history involving slavery.  Don works as a special needs educator at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC, but also works part time as a server for Sonny’s BBQ in Rock Hill.  He has a passion for teaching and utilizes his interpersonal skills from his jobs to communicate his historical knowledge to everyone he is around.  
      Don has always felt a strong connection with history, specifically the hardships faced by African American slaves before the American Civil War.  This interest sparked an idea in Don and led him to create The Chronicles of Adam in order to enlighten others about their own history.  When Don travels to different cities, he takes on the persona of Adam, a slave from the time period, and displays the lifestyle of slaves for both small and large events.  Don has been a part of several large events since the creation of The Chronicles of Adam in 2014.  His lessons include cooking styles, fun pastimes, and the living conditions which people like Adam would have experienced in their lifetimes.  Though Adam is based on a real person, the overall teachings Don gives are from a combined history of male and female slaves from the Civil War era.  Don strives to give an overall message of positivism and the opportunity to learn from American history, bringing awareness to the taboo topic in today’s society.

Rachel O’Connell

Also returning this year is Rachel O’Connell, who trained with and served as Assistant to the “Natural Philosopher”, Dean Howarth, O’Connell and will demonstrate many favorite 18th century 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.

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“Ned Hector” presented by Noah Lewis

Edward Hector was an African American soldier who served in the Revolutionary War. He served as a teamster (a wagon driver) and a bombardier (part of an artillery crew) with the state militia called Proctor’s Third Pennsylvania Artillery, which by the end of 1777 became the Fourth Continental Artillery.  The known battles he participated in are the Battle of Brandywine (September 11, 1777) and Germantown (October 4, 1777).  In the Battle of Brandywine he disregarded his orders to abandon everything and retreat. He is remembered for replying to the orders, “The enemy shall not have my team; I will save my horses and myself!”

Noah Lewis as Ned Hector, Chadds Ford Days 2001.

Ron Warren

A flutist, Ron has been fortunate enough to discover an extremely varied, rich and deep path as a musician and Native American flute player.  He has performed with line ups of incredibly gifted musicians, dancers, writers and other artists in a great variety of settings ranging from powwow grounds to club to concert hall.

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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!

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A Special Exhibit in the Handsell Parlors of model Chesapeake Boats, reminding us that “Water Moves Us” here in Dorchester County!

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Returning to the Jamboree again in 2019

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

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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 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

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and much much more!

*** Food will be supplied by Lil Bitta Bull, a truck full of Eastern Shore favorite barbeque.  Have a bite to eat between visits to all our living history presentations.

Admission of $5 per person with Children under 12 FREE helps defray our costs and bring this great event to Dorchester County!

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1 thought on “Nanticoke River Jamboree 2019 celebrating 350 Years in Dorchester! Join us for the county’s largest living history event

  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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