Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Nanticoke River Jamboree is an annual event held at Handsell to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Nanticoke River watershed area and three cultures who have occupied this land.
Visitors to Dorchester County's largest living history event will enjoy hands-on interaction with a variety of activities at the 9th annual Nanticoke River Jamboree at the historic Handsell site near Vienna. Designed as an event for families, the Jamboree will feature open-hearth cooking as experienced by African American slaves, displays and hands-on demonstrations by Native Americans who once lived on the site, and crafts of early European settlers who built the house at Handsell hundreds of years ago. In the kitchen at Handsell, Jerome Bias of the Slave Dwelling Project will be demonstrating activities from a 19th century plantation kitchen while discussing life as an enslaved cook. Living history interpreter Rachel O'Connell will demonstrate many favorite 18th century activities such as: trapball, croquet, Game of Graces (hoop toss), Shut the box (dice game), lawn bowling, mirror box, Newtons Inertia toy, tablecloth pull trick, friction tug o war, bed of nails, and singing wine glasses. Representatives from the Pocomoke Indian Nation, the Lenni-Lanape of Delaware, Hermann Jackson of the Nanticoke of Delaware and Nause Waiwash Band of Indians as well as Handsell’s own Village Volunteers will explore many life skills of the Native people who once lived at Chicone. These demonstrations include fire-making, weaving, pottery, chipping of implements, and techniques used for the building of the longhouse. These demonstrations occur in the Chicone Village (longhouse, garden and work shelter) and are ongoing through the day.
In addition to displays and demonstrations by people in period dress, this year's Jamboree will showcase model boats crafted after historic vessels of the Chesapeake as a tribute to Dorchester’s 350th Anniversary and the Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit. Examples include native dugout canoes, skipjack, deadrise oyster boat, crab scrape, log canoe and skiff among others.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are admitted FREE. Gate opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., October 12.
Handsell Historic Site
4837 Indiantown Road
Vienna, MD 21869