Gloucester County Government: Jonas Cattell Run, Fort Mercer 5-K and 18th Century Field Day scheduled for October 24
October 6, 2021
(National Park, NJ) – On Sunday, October 24, Gloucester County will celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the 10-mile JonasCattell Race to warn soldiers from Fort Mercer to Red Bank that more than 1,200 Hessian soldiers were approaching to take the relay the fort.
The 10 Mile Race is a point-to-point course from Haddonfield to National Park as led by Jonas Cattell on October 22, 1777. The Fort Mercer 5K course will be a round trip starting and ending at the Battlefield of Red Bank.
For more information on the race and registration here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Haddonfield/JonasCattellMemorialRun
After the races, Gloucester County will host the annual 18th Century Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directing Commissioner Robert M. Damminger said: “The Jonas Cattell Race and Eighteenth Century Field Day are fantastic events that celebrate our history and we invite our residents to come and enjoy the reenactments of the battle, the cooking at home and more. ”
There will be Revolutionary War living history activities taking place throughout the day. Other events during the 18th Century Field Day include exhibits on history, crafts, food vendors, battle reenactments, and tours of the Whitall House and Fort Mercer on the park grounds.
Commissioner Jim Lavender, Liaison Officer with the Department of Parks and Recreation, said: “The 18th Century Field Day celebration is the largest event hosted by the County at the Red Bank Battlefield and volunteers and the staff put their hearts into the event, making it a fun and educational event that you won’t want to miss. ”
All 18th century events and parking are free. The Red Bank Battlefield is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ.
For more information, please visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov.
This press release was produced by the Gloucester County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.