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Historic Hanna’s Town hosts Frontier Court Days

Mary Pickels
Tribune-Review | File
Lewis Bates, from Somerset in the United Kingdom, acts as a loyalist at the Historic Hanna’s Town Frontier Court Reenactments on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Historic Hanna’s Town will hold its annual Frontier Court Days, inviting visitors to step back in time to when the Revolutionary War-era village served as Westmoreland County’s government seat.

The village held the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Events will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22-23 at the 809 Forbes Trail Road, Hempfield, facility.

Visitors will witness reenactments of actual court cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786, along with living history presentations, military encampments and demonstrations.

They will learn how the accused and convicted paid their debts to society on the Pennsylvania frontier.

Additionally, the event includes encampments, drills and artillery demonstrations by Revolutionary War-era militia and military groups; 18th-century trade and craft demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing, spinning and weaving; Native American history and culture displays; Revolutionary War-era medicine displays; a walk-through of Hanna’s Tavern; 18th-century kitchen garden talks; 18th-century games and an educational story time for children; and an antiques market focused on early American items.

Throughout the day, Gallowglass will perform 18th-century Scots-Irish and Celtic music.

Visitors can also enjoy the tour constructed Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna’s Town.

The Kendra Gallery will feature a collaborative photography exhibit curated with the Westmoreland Photographers Society. The exhibit features the work of 10 local photographers whose images evoke Westmoreland County’s unique historic and cultural resources, exceptional architecture and scenic beauty.

The Westmoreland History Shop offers history-inspired books, ceramics, 18th century toys and games, jams, teas and more.

Schedule highlights both days:

9 a.m. — gates open

10 a.m. — militia drills and musket firing demonstrations

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. — children’s story time

1 p.m. — frontier court reenactments

2:30 p.m. — Cathi Rhodes performs “An American Salute”

3:30 p.m. — recollection of the burning of Hanna’s Town and militia skirmish

One-day special events

9:30 a.m. — flag-raising with Proctor’s Militia (Saturday only)

11 a.m. — book talk by local historian Brady Crytzer (Saturday only)

9:15 a.m. — 18th-century church service (Sunday only)

Admission is $12 adults; $6 children; 5 and under free.

Details: 724-836-1800 or westmorelandhistory.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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