2019 Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment
Experience the excitement of the Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment on December 7-8, 2019 at Battlefield Park South in Chesapeake, Virginia. This two-day event is held at the Great Bridge Bridge, which is the original site of the Battle of Great Bridge that took place on December 9, 1775. Step back in time with us. The location is by the Intracoastal Canal in the shadow of the Great Bridge Bridge.
Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment
Step back in time with us. The Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment features re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children’s crafts and activities.
Since that first reenactment, the battle of Great Bridge evolved into a two-day annual event sponsored by the Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Initially it was held at Chesapeake City Park in Greenbrier. Eventually, it was moved to Great Bridge Battlefield Park South on Battlefield Boulevard, the original site of the historic battle.
Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment Mini-Gallery
Reenactors and historical interpreters who have regularly participated in the battle event have created an increased local interest in the battle that has generated enthusiasm for the creation of the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways history museum that is scheduled to open its doors by December 2018.
What was once considered a mere footnote skirmish in the annals of America’s War for Independence is now regarded as a pivotal battle during the early days of the conflict. It’s known as “the Southern Bunker Hill” but this time on Dec. 9, 1775, at a berm known as Great Bridge, just a musket ball shot from next weekend’s event, the Patriots defeated an army of professional British soldiers and Tory militia. It opened southern supply routes and allowed the important Norfolk harbor to fall in Continental hands.
FREE to the Public
Hours:: Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Concessions: available for sale on both days.
For More Information:
Angela J. Thompson, AJThompson@cityofchesapeake.net; Call 757-382-6411
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment in December at Battlefield Park South in Chesapeake, Virginia.