Jonas Cattell Run & 18th Century Field Day October 15th
(National Park, NJ) – Gloucester County’s 37th Annual Jonas Cattell Run and 18th Century Field Day will be held on Sunday, October 15th from 1 pm to 4 pm announced Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco today.
The 10 mile run over a certified course from Haddonfield to National Park will follow the route made by Jonas Cattell on October 22, 1777 to warn the American troops at Fort Mercer of a surprise attack by the Hessians. As part of the day’s event, runners leave Kings Highway in Haddonfield at 1 pm and run a course through Westville, on to Broadway into Woodbury on Old Broadway to Park Avenue, across Route 45 to Hessian Avenue to Fort Mercer in National Park.
In conjunction with the run, Gloucester County holds an 18th Century Field Day at Red Bank Battlefield from 11 am to 4 pm.
18th Century Field Day will feature tactical demonstrations, the Whitall House will be open and have costumed interpreters, there will be a walking Battlefield tour, artillery demonstrations, colonial period music, dancing, children’s activities, a food court and horse and wagon rides.
“Attending 18th Century Field Day is like stepping back in time,” stated Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “The reenactments and demonstrations feel authentic. We are fortunate to live in an important part of America’s history and when you attend this event, you will get a glimpse of what our county was like over 200 years ago,” Sweeney said.
Freeholder Frank DiMarco, liaison to the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation who puts on the event, said, “Our Parks staff and the volunteers who put this event together do a wonderful job. It’s nice to watch the History Channel, but it’s better to have an experience right in your own community,” DiMarco said. “At 18th Century Field Day you can see reenactments of the Battle for Red Bank, watch colonial crafters and musicians perform and learn about our nation’s history,” stated DiMarco.
For information about registering for the 10 Mile Run and the schedule of events contact the Gloucester County Department of Parks and Recreation (856) 468-0100.