The Hancock House Massacre 241st Anniversary
|03/23/2019 - 03/24/2019|
|10:00 am - 4:00 pm|
In March of 1778, Salem County was invaded by a British foraging expedition sent from Philadelphia while local militia organized to defend their homes. At Quinton’s Bridge, March 18th, the militia was barely able to fend off the British advance over the Alloway Creek, and just three days later Captain Sheppard’s Company, guarding the passage over Hancock’s Bridge, was surprised by the Queen’s Rangers and “massacred.” After this, resistance faded leaving the county open to plunder. The British eventually left and Salem was at peace once again, but residents will forever remember the trials and tribulations of those days in March 1778.
Come by the Hancock House State Historic Site where the militia will form to repel the British once again! Activities include military encampments, musket and drill demonstrations, and tours of the Hancock House where the attack happened. Guests will even meet Judge Hancock and others that were there during the battle! A guided tour of Quinton’s Bridge battle site will begin at 3:30pm each day. For more information, please call (856) 935-4373.
3 Front Street Hancocks Bridge, NJ