Nanticoke River Jamboree will return October 9, 2021. Join us for the county’s largest living history event!

Nanticoke River Jamboree

As a designated Heritage Area in Dorchester County, Maryland, the volunteers at Handsell were pleased to announce:

The Nanticoke River Jamboree at Handsell

“Vienna Attacked – 1781”

Saturday, October 9, 2021

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are still filling in last minute details, so come back for updates.

The Preservation of Handsell and our three century historic interpretation period 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, open hearth cooking demonstration by African American interpreters , Native life skills and the history of the Eastern Shore waterways, visitors can immerse themselves in over 350 years of history.

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Schedule of special presentations


Thank you to Shane Walker of WBOC Radio 106.3 Interview to Promote the 2019 Jamboree!  LISTEN NOW

For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2021 Click HERE


Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can learn from and be entertained by our outstanding Living History Performers.   In 2021 we have an exciting schedule planned:


This year we have several amazing living history interpreters!!

Jerome Bias, Plantation Cook

Returning in 2021 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.


“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 replyi 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.

Marvin-Alonzo Greer, lead Historic Interpreter for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission is joining the Handsell group for the first time this year.  Mr. Greer’s program is called Bound for Freedom: Stories and Songs of Black Liberation. He will discuss with the public how enslaved people used songs and stories to teach resistance. These stories and songs of resistance inspired thousands in their fight for freedome in the age of slavery.



The Chesapeake Independent Blues Living History Interpreters are returning to teach ius about Revolutionary time period and attacks that occurred along the Nanticoke River!

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Chesapeake Independent Blues Militia returning to the 2021 Jamboree, this year as Revolutionary soldiers (pictured here in 1812 dress).

Returning to the Jamboree again in 2021

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.

Returning in 2021 : Drew Shuptar – Rayvis  17th c. Native Interpreter, Pocomoke Descendant from Connecticut.

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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


and much much more!

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


1 thought on “Nanticoke River Jamboree will return October 9, 2021. 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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