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Revolutionary War Encampment In Skippack

american-flagLiving History re-enactors spent most of the weekend at the Indenhofen Farmstead in Skippack, where some of General George Washington’s troops camped out briefly before and after losing the Battle of Germantown. Timothy Mitchell of Manayunk in Philadelphia was there, commanding a unit of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment.  He says some units in the Continental Army were poorly equipped, and General Washington often referred to them as naked.

“Naked in the 18th Century meant something completely different than what we refer to today.  Naked today is without clothes on.  Naked in the 18th century was not being dressed properly, so not having a coat on in the 18th century is considered being undressed.”

He says the British troops were known as the redcoats for a reason.

“That particular red, known as Cochineal Red, is made from the Cochineal Bug, which is very, very expensive.  It was one of the most expensive colors to produce at that time period, so not only did the British have it, they said to the world, ‘We’re going to put it on the poorest of our citizens and our soldiers and we’re going to show the world that we clothe even our soldiers in the most expensive colors and fabrics.’”

Mitchell says the British people never thought of the American Revolution as a big deal.  It was just a little skirmish in one of the many colonies.  Private Robert Bendesky of North Wales was there in a uniform his wife made for him.

“A very nice linen shirt, a waistcoat, which is this vest-like garment that I’m wearing, and also my breeches, the linen pants. At that time linen was the common fabric.  Cotton was extremely expensive.”

A few thousand of George Washington’s soldiers camped out in Skippack in 1777, but he says the general himself was not there.

“The generals were usually either in one of the finer houses or a nearby inn, which is why whenever you do some historical travel you’ll see a sign on a building that says ‘George Washington Slept Here,’ it’s because the troops were moving through that area and Washington chose one of the finer places to stay.”

Bendesky says he likes learning about history and sharing what he learns with others, but he also likes living unplugged for a while and replacing the flickering TV screen with a flickering campfire.
WNPV AM 1440 These are just some of your friends and neighbors who won prizes at our last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" back on Monday, June 29, 2015. There's no purchase necessary to play so what's keeping you away? Mark your calendar now for Monday, July 13, 2015, 6 to 7 PM, at Towamencin Beverage, Sumneytown Pike at the Green Lane Road traffic light in Kulpsville.
WNPV AM 1440 Unlike most of WNPV's "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways," yesterday's event at Abram W Bergey & Sons was held indoors! The crowd was dispersed among the many flooring displays but we got to enjoy air conditioning! Plus everyone had the chance to meet summer Promotions Intern Hannah Levy from Penn State who is helping to get the fabulous tickets we're giving away! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a success! These photos are courtesy of WNPV's professional photographer Ray Masser.
WNPV AM 1440 Thank you to everyone who came out to WNPV's last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" of June this afternoon at Abram W. Bergey & Sons in Harleysville. We gave away over $3,300.00 in prizes! Of course, that includes the Grand Prize of a family 4-pack of ride tickets to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg which was won by Teresa Greisemer of North Wales. Here Janel Billmyer of Abram W. Bergey & Sons presents the prize to Teresa!
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WNPV AM 1440 The next WNPV "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" will be held on Monday, June 29th, from 12 noon to 1 PM at Abram W. Bergey and Sons, 311 Main Street, Harleysville. The TD Bank across Alderfer Road from Bergey's has allowed us to use some of their fringe parking but please reserve the spaces close to the Bank for their customers!
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