Patriot’s Day Returns to Tamassee

Mar. 6, 2020

The smell of musket fire and the sound of cannon ball blasts will ring throughout the campus of Tamassee DAR School when the Tamassee Raymond Academy once again hosts Patriot Day on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Along with the Tamassee Academy students, 4th and 8th grade classes in the area are invited to travel back in time to the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War with costumed members from The Powder Magazine Museum, Charlestown Artillery, and Middleton Place who will be arriving from Charleston to provide this historical educational experience to students in the upstate.

Representatives from the Powder Magazine, located in Charleston, South Carolina, will come dressed in period appropriate costumes with props and equipment necessary to facilitate the historical transformation back to the colonial time period.  They will provide real life reenactments for all the students to participate in such as musket drills, cartridge making, and enlistments into the colonial army.

The Charleston Museum will provide historical artifacts and activities related to the 18th century while The Middleton Place will be providing artisan presentations for all to enjoy. Classes can also enjoy some of our local historical offerings with the Clemson Historic Properties and Oconee History Museum.

In the past, the students’ experience included dipping white feather quilled pens into ink bottles to “make their mark,” signifying their enlistment in the Continental Army.    They visited the musket station, where, as brand new members of the militia, they were taught the proper way to handle, load and fire a musket.    After learning their new found firearm skills, they practiced marching drills with their muskets “shouldered” until such time as the sergeant ordered them to load and fire.    A unified roar of “bang” was heard as the new enlistees followed the command.

Once the students’ musket firing re-enactments were completed, the instructor fired his musket and produced a muffled sound of an explosion and a cloud of white smoke.   This was followed by the student’s joyous chant of “Huzzah”, which was the early American equivalent of “Hooray”!

There will be examples of 18th century tools and toys for the students to see and perhaps the opportunity to learn about the games and activities that brought joy to children long ago.

This is a free educational program and class scheduling is on a first-come basis.   TEACHERS……Register your classes TODAY to ensure your students have this wonderful educational opportunity.  There will be 5-6 stations with the full rotation through all displays lasting about 90 minutes.  Classes can be scheduled at 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.   To maintain the time schedules, each session will be limited to 125 students.  Students can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the designated area of campus if they would like.

Please contact Casey Certain at 864.944.3022 ext. 121 or email caseyc@tdarschool.org by March 31 to register.  We hope to see you and your students for Patriots Day!