Nanticoke River Jamboree is coming on October 14, 2023. Join us for the Mid-shore’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

Saturday, October 14, 2022

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are signing up exhibitors, so come back for updates.  If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

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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Stay tuned for the 2023 Poster and mailing postcard.

For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2022 to print – Click below



Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can learn from and be entertained by our outstanding Living History Performers.   In 2022 we have an exciting schedule planned:


In 2022 we had several amazing living history interpreters!!  come back this summer for an update on the 2023 event.

Janice Green

Janice Curtis Greene is an accomplished storyteller, an American Griot. She has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years. She is the President and Life Member of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) and Life Member and Past President of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, Inc.  On October 8, Ms. Green joins us interpreting Dorchester’s own Harriet Tubman and talks of the escape of Tilley by steamboat on the Nanticoke River.Harriet Tubman_Janice

Jerome Bias, Plantation Cook

Returning in 2022 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. In 2022, Mr. Bias will be assisted by Janice Canaday, an interpreter coming from Colonial Williamsburg.22467329_673256096212334_1668143949586658917_o

Marvin-Alonzo Greer

Mr. Greer, the lead Historic Interpreter for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission is joining the Handsell group for the second 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 freedom in the age of slavery.Marvin


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).

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