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FORT LOUDOUN DAY Winchester VA.

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When:
May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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2017-05-20T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
Fort Loudoun Winchester VA
419 N Loudoun St
Winchester, VA 22601
USA

FORT LOUDOUN DAY 2017

Compiled by Jim Moyer, updated 3/20/2017, 4/4/2017, 4/6/2017

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Click on this photo enlarge. Hit backspace arrow to return here.

Saturday 20 May 2017

419 N Loudoun St Winchester VA

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Stay tuned for further details.

Starts at 10am

ends  3pm

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Tours around the Fort’s footprint are conducted free

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Fort Loudoun Day is based on a

May 18, 1756 letter GW writes

about starting construction of the fort.

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Col George Washington writes from Winchester VA  to Lt  Col Adam Stephen at Fort Cumberland May 18, 1756 :

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18 May 1756 letter Col George Washington in Winchester VA writes to Lt Colonel Adam Stephen who is at Fort Cumberland – Click on picture to enlarge. Hit backspace to return here. Click on source to see more.

Sir: When I wrote to you last,

I expected to have been at Fort Cumberland ere this;  . . .

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I am also detained here [Winchester VA] to construct and erect a fort, which the Governor has ordered to be done with expedition.

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 As it will be necessary to have a number of Carpenters, &c. to carry on the work with spirit, and vigour;

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18 May 1756 letter Col George Washington in Winchester VA writes to Lt Colonel Adam Stephen who is at Fort Cumberland – Click on picture to enlarge. Hit backspace to return here. Click on source to see more.

you are desired to send down all the men of Captain George Mercers Company;

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those that are there of Captain Bells.

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All the men that are really skilled in masonry: and if all these do not make up fifty; you are to complete the party to that number, out of the best Carpenters in other Companies.

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Source:

Founders Online link

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Actual Image of the above 18 May 1756 letter

Col George Washington writes to Lt Col George Washington

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THIS Assembly met in its first session

on March 25, 1756,

to authorize building this fort

and continued in session till May 5.

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See this act of legislature, Chapter II, XVI, page 33, specifying the building of a fort in Winchester VA.

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BTW the day before

an official declaration of war

was made by Great Britain to France.

Winchester VA didn’t get news

of this declaration until August 1756

but war unofficially started

according to historians

at Jumonville PA in 1754

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ONE MORE THING.

This day was a busy day. Just look at the correspondence here.

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PAST EVENTS

Fort Loudoun Day, May 14, 2016

Compiled by Jim Moyer

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 Time for the whole event:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m (rain curtailed event at 130pm)

419 N Loudoun St Winchester VA

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Speaker: Tony Elar  – 11:30am

Tony Elar and his son and Foundation member and Jim Moyer are

recreating Mercer’s Co. of the First Virginia Regiment.

The company served under Washington at Fort Loudoun.

Topic:  “Soldiers of the Virginia Regiment”.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

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See Pictures of this year’s Fort Loudoun Day 14 May 2016

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In the captions you will see Bold Italic representing links to further information. Click on those links.

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Pictures below are of the participants of last year’s event (2015), who will reappear this year (2016):

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Living history participants scheduled to appear for your questions:

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Col. James Wood, see story on his only election.

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Col. Wood’s Color Guard

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Soldiers Mercer’s Co.

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See link: http://jimmoyer1.wix.com/mercercompany1stva

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Click on: More about George Mercer and his company.

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Virginia_Provincials_1755_Uniform_Plate appeal to gw from winchester

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Dept. of Geographers – colonial era surveyors

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Raleigh Boaze – Interprets life on the frontier as a backwoodsman

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See what happened on

Fort Loudoun Day  in 2015, 2014, 2013:  Click on this link

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Click on what the 419 N. Loudoun Street location looks like.

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 Fort Loudoun Day , May 16, 2015

commemorates start of building Fort Loudoun in May 1756.

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We are delighted to announce a speaker, Raleigh Boaze

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Subject of talk by Raleigh Boaze:

“General Braddock’s Failed Attempt to

Capture Fort Duquesne and the Colonies Involvement “

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Raleigh Boaze is a living history interpreter of the 18th century colonial frontier.  Mr. Boaze presents a first person account of life on the ‘American’ frontier in the years 1754 to 1775.  Dressed in backwoodsman attire and accoutrements, he describes the settlers’ strife at the hands of the Native Americans aligned with the French opposing encroachment of the British colonists beyond the Appalachians and underscores the importance of this period in the eventual founding of our country.

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Mr. Boaze presents his interpretation of the 18th century frontier life in schools and before civic groups in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been instrumental in bringing about changes to history texts used in the public schools to ensure that they accurately portray life on the frontier during this period.

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2014’s Fort Loudoun Day

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