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 join in the celebration of the county’s 350th Anniversary in 2019.  COVID 19 through us all off balance as we cancelled all events in 2020.

But….we are thrilled to be finally planning for this fall’s event:

The Nanticoke River Jamboree at Handsell

“Vienna Attacked – 1781”

Saturday, October 9, 2021

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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For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2021 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 2021 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 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.

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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 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.

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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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