Participant Information

 

Directions

Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road (click here for Google Maps)


From I-95 North or South/US-202:

  1. Exit on 202 North to Mt. Lebanon Rd. (about 5 minutes from exit, see Talleyville Fire Company on right and Boston Market on left) make that left at the traffic light.

  2. At second stop sign, at the bottom of the hill, make a right.  Go over bridge and bear to the right.  Park entrance will be on the right side.


From Concord Pike/Route 141:

  1. Take Concord Pike North to 141 intersection (Zeneca Corp)  Turn left onto Route 141 South. 

  2. At next light make a right (Rockland Rd.)

  3. Follow Rockland Rd. to split in road.

  4. Bear right at split, park entrance approx. 1/2 miles on the right


From Concord Pike/Naamans Road:

  1. Follow Naamans Rd. (Route 92) West across Concord Pike (Route 202)

  2. Make first available left and continue on Route 92 (apprx. 3 miles)

  3. At four way stop sign make a left onto Adams Dam Rd., park entrance over hill on left


From Prices Corner/Newark:

  1. Kirkwood Highway to Route 141 North

  2. Route 141 North to Route 100 North

  3. Route 100 through two lights and a stop sign (3-4 miles)

  4. At stop sign make a right onto Adams Dam Rd., park entrance over hill on left.


Event Registration

Registrations must be received by August 10, 2012.  Registering units must be members in good standing of either the Brigade of the American Revolution, British Brigade or Continental Line, and provide proof of liability insurance coverage.  Those with horses must submit proof of a current Coggins test with their registration for all horses brought to the event.


Onsite Registration

Registration will begin at 2PM Friday through 12 midnight, and reopen at 6AM Saturday morning through 9AM.


All firearms will be inspected under the supervision of Delaware State Parks black powder safety staff at registration. Please be prepared for this by having your firearms with you when you arrive at registration.


Late arrivals will be asked to carry their belongings into the camps as a courtesy to those already set up and in anticipation of visitors arriving. Exceptions will be made for emergencies.


Camp Set Up

After on-site registration, you will be directed to your respective camp.  The Quartermaster's tent will be marked within the respective infantry encampments, with instructions for artillery and cavalry as well.  Participants may begin to set up on Friday, September 14, after 2 PM.  All participants are strongly urged to arrive before 1AM Saturday morning, in order to access the site with a vehicle.


The camps will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9AM Saturday morning until the camps close at 3PM Sunday.  While there is always an exception for emergencies, and the quartermaster will attempt to accommodate late arrivals, those arriving after 1AM should be prepared to carry equipment from the parking area into their camp.  Units wishing to camp together should endeavor to arrive at the same time, or send their tentage together.


There will also be advanced piquets, or campaign camps, for both armies.


Encamping

The encampments will be laid out as described in Lochée's An Essay on Castrametation. The Quartermaster and quartermaster serjeant will assign spaces to units after they arrive.


Tents

Private soldiers should not have excessive camp equipment--most participants should be using standard size wedge tents unless they have a command position. Please plan accordingly. Wall tents and marquees should only be used by officers in the military camp. Accommodations will be made in an adjacent area for those who are not officers but wish to bring a larger tent. 


Kitchens

Participants are asked to limit themselves to tin kettles or iron pots of an appropriate period design. No fires will be allowed in the military camp other than in the camp kitchens. Event coordinators encourage participants to construct brush arbors next to the camp kitchens as an alternative to “dining flys”, which are not historically documented. If units opt to bring dining flys, they must be set up in the camp kitchen area.


For more information about the historical use of camp kitchens, read “‘As many fireplaces as you have tents...’: Earthen Camp Kitchens” by John Rees.


Cars in Camp

No cars will be allowed in the encampment after 1AM Saturday morning until 3PM Sunday afternoon.  You help all participants by unloading as quickly as possible.


Pets

No pets are allowed in the military camps, both for their safety and the safety of other participants and spectators.


Special Impressions

Special impressions are encouraged such as surgeons, sutlers, laundress, etc.  Please contact the quartermaster for your camp so that accommodations can be made ahead of time.


Fires/Lantern Stands

All fires must be in the camp kitchens--no fires will be allowed in the company streets. No open flames are allowed in tents, all candles must be enclosed in period correct lanterns. Lantern stands are not allowed, so please store your lanterns in your tent when not in use. Also, no modern lanterns or camp stoves will be allowed in the encampment.


Logistical Needs

Water will be available from the site, while straw and firewood will be available at the quarter guard. Hay bales taken from the quarter guard must be either used in a tent or broken up; no baled hay is allowed in camp.  Straw is rationed at one-half bale per wedge tent with no straw in the officer lines or in the kitchen area. Restroom facilities are adjacent to the camps and supplemented by portable restrooms. A first aid kit will be kept at the adjutant’s tent (center of the encampment, on the parade) and emergency personnel will be on site.


Camp Appearance

All modern items and equipment (such as coolers, sleeping bags, etc.) should be kept out of sight.  The following items should not be visible to the public in camp at any time:

  1. Camp furniture in the company streets of military camps

  2. Non-period cookware, such as blue enamel speckleware

  3. Visible plastic bags or ground cloths

  4. Visible cots or sleeping bags

  5. Lanterns stands

  6. Unbroken hay bales used as furniture in camps

  7. Two piece camp chairs in camps or other anachronistic furnishings

  8. Visible non-period foodstuffs

  9. Visible modern food packaging including beverage cans, bottles, etc.


Local Accommodations & Places of Interest

Listings of local accommodations can be found at www.visitwilmingtonde.com or by calling (800) 489-6664.  Also, US-202/Concord Pike has a number of hotels, grocery stores and eateries.  The Brandywine Valley is also home to a number of historic and cultural sites of interest, including but not limited to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware and the Brandywine Battlefield in Pennsylvania.


Modern Camping

Those wishing to camp in modern tents will have a separate area if needed.  Please contact the event coordinator well beforehand if interested.


Ice/Food Vendors

The Friends association for the park will sell five-pound bags of ice during past events and coffee and donuts in the mornings for those interested.  There also may be a food vendor on site during the event.


Emergency Contact

For emergency contact during the event, please call Brandywine Creek State Park at either (302) 577-3534 or (302) 655-5740.


Schedule

Please note that exact times are subject to change
More details to be determined


Friday September 14

2:00PM -12:00AM      Arrivals, Camp Set Up

                                Registration and camps will be open for set up.


Saturday September 15

6:00PM-9:00AM    Arrivals, Camp Set Up Continue

9:00AM               Camps Open to the Public

                            All modern intrusions must be concealed; all cars must be out of camp.

10:00AM             Cavalry Demonstration

11:00AM             Infantry Drill/Musket Demonstration

1:30PM                Assembly

2:00PM                Battle

4:00PM                Camps Close to the Public


Sunday September 16

7:00AM               Reveille

7:30AM               Formation for Non-Public Tactical

9:00AM               Camps Open to the Public

                            All modern intrusions must be concealed; all cars must be out of camp.

10:00AM             Cavalry Demonstration

11:00AM             Infantry Drill/Musket Demonstration

1:30PM                Assembly

2:00PM                Battle

3:00PM                Camps Close to the Public, Safe Drive Home