Olde Camden Day to celebrate town’s history Saturday

Brecknock Manor House, which was built between 1685 and 1690, will be the focus of Saturday’s Olde Camden Day. (Submitted photo)

Brecknock Manor House, which was built between 1685 and 1690, will be the focus of Saturday’s Olde Camden Day. (Submitted photo)

CAMDEN –– Brecknock Park will be abuzz with 18th century re-enactors, historical displays and tours of the Brecknock Manor House on Saturday for Olde Camden Day.

“It’s our seventh year doing it and we really try to keep an emphasis on Camden history,” said Donna Reed, a member of the Friends of Historic Camden.

“We want people to know the history about the things they see every day.”

Every year the organizers try to focus on a different aspect of Camden history and this year the focus is on Brecknock Manor House, which was built between 1685 and 1690. But the house was transformed from its original build to what we see now between the late 18th century into the 19th century.

Brecknock Manor House was left to Kent County back in 1994 when the last living descendant of the original owners, Elizabeth Howell Goggin, passed away.

Since her death, the county has maintained the house, which recently received a new roof. The Friends of Historic Camden signed a preservation agreement in 2011 to work in collaboration with the county to maintain the house.

“We’re in the process of raising enough money to replace the windows right now,” Ms. Reed said.

Once the new windows are replaced, the house will have a sturdy exterior, keeping the interior at a lower risk of being negatively affected by outdoor weather and temperature changes.

Aside from seeing the home itself during the tours, a display of vintage clothing will be on display inside.

Some of the pieces come from Ms. Reed’s personal collection of vintage and historic wedding gowns and the rest are supplied from families of the Friends of Historic Camden.

The clothing will also be worn by historical interpreters and musicians as well.

Interpreters, speakers and entertainers will take center stage on the house’s front lawn from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. discussing topics such as the Underground Railroad, Lenape culture, the Civil War and performing music of the 18th century.

Food will also be available for purchase –– hot dogs from the Bowers Fire Company and ice cream from the Felton Fire Company.

“Bowers was struggling a few years ago and we helped them with improvements they needed with their Maritime Museum and through that, we’ve formed a good relationship,” Ms Reed said. “And Felton got involved because they do ice cream at other events and the sales benefit them and it’s one less thing for us to worry about.”

The Friends of Historic Camden is a small group that relies on community support to hold events such as Camden Day and to contribute to local projects. For more information or to get involved in the Friends of Historic Camden, visit the group’s Facebook page or email fohcinfo2015@comcast.net.

Admission is free for the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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