Colonial Charles Towne Fest 2017

9-11 Jun

Engagement One: 'The Spanish Alarm.' In the late 1730's, Britain and Spain went to war in what was known as the 'War of Jenkin's Ear'--a reference to a British privateer captain whose ear was chopped off by a Spanish naval captain. The South Carolina coast was constantly threatened by Spanish attack in this period, and Spaniards raided Charleston's sea islands fairly consistently from 1670-1748. In 1745, Spanish privateers made a landing on Edisto. Will the Charles Towne militia be able to stop a raiding party of Spaniards and privateers? Come find out!

Engagement Two: The Beginning of the Siege of Charles Towne, 1780. In 1780, Sir Henry Clinton led thousands of British and Hessian troops to Charles Towne to subdue Colonial America's most wealthy and fourth-most populous city. The town was defended by a much smaller force of Continental soldiers, sailors, and militiamen. The British, having learned that a naval attack was not feasible (flash back to the Royal Navy's failure to take Fort Moultrie in 1776), chose to march on Charleston from the South. In the modern suburbs of West Ashley, James Island, and Johns Island, patriot forces tried in vain to subdue Crown forces. Come see the Americans try to stop the British forces before it is too late and they take Charles Towne!