History comes to life (and death) at Battle of Germantown reenactment [Video]

When it came to explaining the importance of events like the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, which was held Saturday on the Cliveden Grounds, Jack Asher drew a comparison between the printed word and actually seeing the actions described.

“It is one thing to open a history book and read about it,” said Asher, an event sponsor, “but it is different to see the action. The guns going off. The smoke. The whole nine yards.”

To that end, hundreds of historic reenactors came to the grounds of Cliveden for the annual Battle of Germantown reenactment.

Among the guests were members of the Elliott family, who were on hand to relive part of their family’s history.

As part of the festivities, Gen. George Washington (well, someone portraying the General) answered questions and explained military tactics (to children) while a few food trucks were set up on Germantown Avenue, as was a small beer garden through Iron Hill Brewery.

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