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Trip Advisor 1812 Fair and Reenactment
Jun 23, 2014 by: MajorComment from McLean, Virginia
We visited Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum for the 1812 Fair and Reenactment. The park has a beautiful setting on extensive grounds along the Patuxent River and St. Leonard Creek. In a single visit, we could see only some of the many features offered by the park and museum. You would need to visit several times to take it all in. REENACTMENTS: Major activities of the War of 1812 reenactment were simulated sea and land battles. The tall ships battle was very difficult to see because the cleared area along the shoreline is much too small to accommodate the large crowd of spectators. Viewing was much easier to see the American and British land forces' encampments, marching, drilling and engagements. The reenactors were excellent. 1812 FAIR: The 1812 Fair was conducted by exhibitors under canopies on the large lawn near the park's permanent pavilion. Only about half the exhibitors were in costume displaying goods or demonstrating crafts from the 1812 period. Modern exhibitors offered history books, ice cream and other information or goods. Not to take anything away from the modern exhibits, but the feel of the 1812 Fair would have been better if the 1812-period exhibitors and demonstrators (woodworker, blacksmith, sutler...) had been arranged near each other. Instead, 1812-period and modern exhibits were mixed together. US MARINES EXHIBIT: I particularly enjoyed the exhibit of U.S. Marines uniforms and equipment of 1812 and modern issue. It was a museum-quality display well organized on the lawn under a triple-size canopy. The docent was engaging and informative. Well done!



Trip Advisor 1812 Reenactment was fine
Jun 22, 2014 by: jxx9595 from Washington, DC
We came for the 1812 fair and reenactment and had a fine time. Everything was beautifully organized, with easy parking, things for kids, food for sale (decent, if overpriced as is usual at fairs), and the setting was wonderful. There's more to do in the park that we didn't have time for. Not sure there would have been food but for the event so prepare accordingly.



Trip Advisor Celtic Festival
May 15, 2014 by: BorkGordon from Lexington Park, Maryland
I have only been tot he park for the annual Celtic Festival wich was a good time. They had all of the traditional Celtic games such as log through, hay bail through, anvil toss, exc. The Celtic festival at Jefferson Paterson park is a good time for all.



Trip Advisor Historical and Educational Park With Nice Trails
Apr 26, 2014 by: Sara B from Lusby, Maryland
First off you cant beat the price...free. Its very clean and the trails are nice. There are different trails. One goes right along the river. The handicap accessible trail goes past the Native American village which is so fun. My kids love it. You can actually see their archaeological dig sites and certain times during the year watch them and help them dig. We enjoy picnicking at the tables overlooking the water. Check their very informative site for the times the MAC lab, Patterson House and museum is open. Highly recommend visiting this park.



Trip Advisor Great history and archeology!
Oct 31, 2013 by: SilverAnnie from Baltimore, MD
Great displays about the history of the families and displays on the digs that have been done in the area, including finds from digs in all the counties in MD. Very interesting, the hands-on part is great for kids.


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