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Sat, Apr 13


New Castle Court House Museum

Tavern Night / Peace Celebration in New Castle (LH)

This is a new event for us and it will entail the ending of the Revolution and will focus on food and beverages of the time period. It's a grand 18th century party!

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Tavern Night / Peace Celebration in New Castle (LH)
Tavern Night / Peace Celebration in New Castle (LH)

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – Apr 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720, USA


About the event

Notes: This is a new event for us and it will entail the ending of the Revolution and will focus on food and beverages of the time period. This is our event and we are having a party! It is by invitation only - for reenactors - as all participants must be in period attire. The official party will go from 3pm-9pm. We currently have the New Castle Court House reserved along with a large tent and 1-2 firepits will be setup on the New Castle Green to assist us in cooking/prepping the meals.


New Castle Court House - The New Castle Court House will be setup and represent what it is still - the Court House. We will move the benches to the sides to allow for as much room as possible. Here in this area will be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with hors d'oeuvres. The Court House will also be setup as much as possible to be a period Tavern for the night. Here there will be main courses of food served and plenty of beverages. There will be plenty of room here with tables and chairs. ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MUST STAY INSIDE THE COURT HOUSE/TAVERN!

The Green - The Green will have 1-2 fire pits with accompanying large tent to allow for period prep, cooking, and all. This is where the cooks of the day will have their own areas to be able to do the cooking onsite!

PRIVATE PARTY - BY INVITATION ONLY - Please invite all of your friends and family that are within the Rev War reenacting community. The more the merrier! As this is a private party and we are the host - we will ask for those attending to graciously assist us in one way or another. Folks can do one of three things here: 1) Come as an invited guest and bring their pocketbook to financially assist us (we will have a donation box onsite for the event), 2) Come as an invited guest and bring a period beverage or food of their choice and share it with the party, or 3) Come as an invited guest and assist us - the hosts - with setup, entertainment, etc. Hope this all makes sense. It's a party and we all want to have fun! Donations of food and beverages will be accepted wholeheartedly! In fact - they are strongly encouraged! If you bring such we want to indicate what the recipe is and the history of it too. We want this to be a fun event and it is also an event where folks can show off their cooking or other - like brewing talents with everyone!


Noon-3pm - 1st Delawares primarily setup and prepare for event.

3pm-6pm - Cooks at fire pits and on Green preparing food.

3pm-9pm - Party goers arrive and socialize in the tavern and the court house areas

9pm - Main party over. Court house and tavern (Arsenal) close. Post-party at Jessop's Tavern begins.

Additional Information:

18th CENTURY CIVILIAN ATTIRE PREFERRED - It's 1783 so please do your best for the period. If you only have military clothing - please wear it but drop the rank and insignia as the war is over now.




No Firearms - no firearms - even period ones - will be permitted at this event. No sidearms are permitted at this event.

Swords, daggers, dirks, etc. are not permitted at this event.

Parking - we will have reserved parking for modern carriages courtesy of the City of New Castle on Market Street (in front of the Arsenal) and also in front of the Court House for this event.

Post- Party - This event will conclude promptly at 9pm and then there will be a post-event party held down the block at Jessop's Tavern! The party continues on - if you wish - at Jessop's Tavern!

We want all to have a wonderful evening of 18th century entertainment!

Historical Note: On April 15th, 1783 there was a peace celebration on the New Castle Green. The event was to host the local soldiers who had fought in the American Revolution and to celebrate the oncoming peace with Great Britain and the victory of the American Revolution! A Mr. John Lyon of White Clay Creek Hundred supplies at the request of the President of the State of Delaware the following: 41 gallons of maderia wine, 49 gallons of port, 21 gallons of rum, sugar and fruit (120), and 212 dinners in New Castle for a celebration. Nicholas Van Dyke – President of the State of Delaware, Samuel Patterson – Treasurer, David Finney, and Joseph Tatlow are among those that attended this celebration that was held principally for the Officers and Soldiers of the Delaware Regiment then stationed in New Castle. Huzzah!

Huzzah! What a way to celebrate the Peace and honor the Delaware Regiment and all that fought for the Revolution!

1st Delawares Registered as Attending:

  1. Chris Mlynarczyk - Military - Soldier - Setup + Breakdown - Rum + Beer + Cider - Cheese/Crackers + Wine
  2. John Foskey - Military - Soldier - Arac + Beer + Cider
  3. Ralph Denlinger - Military - Soldier + wife - Chicken (Cornish Hens) + Punch
  4. Marsha Denlinger - Civilian
  5. Adam Fahringer - Military - Soldier - Setup + Breakdown - Macaroni (1784 recipe) + Switchel + Madeira
  6. Jeffrey Gibson - Military - Soldier
  7. Alicia Gibson - Civilian - Cherry Bounce + Roast Duck
  8. Robert Allen - Military - Soldier - Help with setup.
  9. Lynn Allen - Civilian - Shrewsbury cakes(cookies) with homemade jam and molasses cookies (both from Chef Staib cookbook) and either another dessert or a main dish. Help with setup.
  10. Marsha Bell - Civilian
  11. Mark Campbell - Supporter - Photographer
  12. Anthony Gambacorta - Military - Musician - Drummer
  13. Terry Dunham - Military - Soldier
  14. Tom DeMott - Military - Soldier + wife - Ham + Fish House Punch + Fresh Bread
  15. Stevie DeMott - Civilian
  16. Henry Lewicki - Military - Soldier - Potato Salad
  17. Linzi Hamilton - Civilian + son George (primarily from 3-4pm) - Brunswick Stew

Invited Guests Attending:

  1. Cyndy Snyder - NCCH (New Castle Court House)
  2. Brian Cannon - NCCH
  3. Dan Cintron - NCHS (New Castle Historical Society)
  4. Robert Reyes
  5. Robert "Bob" Selig
  6. Donna Draper
  7. Milt Draper
  8. Mrs. Myers
  9. Karen House
  10. Marshall Smith - Fish House Punch

Other guests are also invited from the Continental Line Units too!

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