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Historic Haddonfield Tavern Museum Celebrates 18th-Century Holiday

Photography by Hoag Levins ...| ...Dec. 14, 2003

British soldier British flag
HADDONFIELD, N.J. -- In keeping with its Revolutionary War-era interpretation, the Indian King Tavern Museum's "Music of Christmas" festival yesterday included reenactors in British uniform patrolling the sidewalk outside the song-filled state historic site. Shown here are Bill Kochersperger, left, outfitted as a British infantryman, and Bill Mason, manager of the Tavern Museum. Also see larger photo

Ned Hector reenactor Christmas table scene
Performing in the main dining room as black Revolutionary War hero, Edward Hector, Noah Lewis of Upper Darby, Pa., lifts a mug at the authentic colonial-era "bar." Lewis has been doing the portrayal for the last eight years and frequently appears in area schools. "We're learning more about blacks in the Continental Army all the time and there's more of a story to tell than most people realize," he said in an out-of-character aside. Also see larger photo

Sugar Sand Ramblers Faux foods
Having appeared in every "Music of Christmas" since the event began nine years ago, the Sugar Sand Ramblers were on hand again yesterday. Carol Ann and Jim Sweet were part of the four-member Pinelands band playing traditional carols on traditional instruments. Along with hearing music, visitors toured authentically restored rooms, which include many faux food displays (above, right). Also see larger photo

Joan Walker Harpist
Long-time tavern museum docent Joan Walker (above, left) manned one of the travern's three restored dining rooms, explaining 18th-century traveling and eating customs to visitors. At the far end of the same room, 17-year-old Maeghan McGrath of Moorestown played traditional Irish holiday music on an Irish harp. Also see larger photo

Tapestry Band Christmas ornament
Tapestry, a dulcimer band, played in the main dining room and, at times, was so lively that several visitors briefly danced. On sale during the afternoon was the Indian King's limited-edition commemorative Christmas ornament. Also see larger photo

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