Members of the British Brigade will visit Johnson Hall State Historic Site on this Saturday August 17th 10:00 – 4:00, to play 18th Century Cricket. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson Hall State Historic Site and the 24th Regiment of Foot of the British Brigade.
The British Brigade Inc. is a NYS Board of Regents charted living history organization that demonstrates the military activities and social pastimes of those British and American soldiers and their families, who served their country loyally during the American War of Independence.
Johnson Hall will serve as an elegant setting for the tournament, as Brigade members play the original version of this 18thcentury pastime. Period spectators will watch on the sidelines, creating a splendid outdoor scene, as they dine and relax among their comfortable field furnishings.
There will be no food vendor on site, spectators are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch, locate a comfortable place in the shade and enjoy the matches. To complete the experience, opportunities will be made available for the public to try their hand at Cricket.
Matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Major Paul Novotny will deliver game history and playing instructions at both 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM with matches following. A special match scheduled at 1:00 P.M. to be played by teams representing the 24th Regiment of Foot and St John’s Episcopal Church.
Admission to the house and tournament is free. Donations to support this and other events at Johnson Hall are always appreciated.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in Johnstown, just off West State St. (State Hwy 29 West). For more information on this event please contact [email protected] or call 518-762-8712