August 8, 2015
Spirited flute-players in late 18th century dress lead a parade from Fanieul Hall to welcome ceremonies for the Hermione’s visit to Boston on July 11. 2015. Photo courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.
The United States has a vibrant community of groups and individuals who bring history to life by embodying, in costume and character, individuals and groups, including colonial craftsmen and women, gentry civilians, and military units, from various times in the country’s past. During the Hermione voyage, re-enactors with knowledge of the 18th century joined us from Virginia to Maine. They added to historical experience for the public and recreated, in a way that would have otherwise been hard to imagine, the sense of excitement that the original ship was met with, and the diversity of groups in the colonies who shared in the Hermione’s revolutionary war timeline.
Here is a photographic tribute to all the re-enactors who helped bring history alive in 11 ports of call during the Hermione Voyage 2015 up the east coast of the US this past summer.