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Red Coats and the Revolutionary War: A Newport Historical Society ‘Pop-Up’ History Space Event

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ocean blue may be associated with Newport, but occupied Newport during the first three years of the Revolutionary War was likely a sea of intimidating Redcoats. Find out what these enemy coats really looked like and how they differed from what was commonly worn in this 18th century seaport.

Come see reproduction British coats up close and personal as 18th century tailor Ian Graves discusses and demonstrates how they’re made. Talk to living historians who portray British soldiers and find out what it’s like to represent a Redcoat or “lobsterback” as they were often called.

Ian Graves is the proprietor of the Royal Blue Traders and he heads the Regiment Bourbonnais, a reenacting group that recreates a French regiment that supported the Revolutionary War. He will be joined by members from the Tenth Regiment of Foot, a British military reenacting group.

This pop-up History Space program takes place at the 1739 Colony House on Saturday November 6, 2021 from 12pm-4pm. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Also on November 6, join the 11am Newport’s British Occupation walking tour. In 1777 as the Revolutionary War officially began, 7,000 British and Hessian soldiers invaded Newport creating an occupation that lasted for nearly three years. Join an expert guide wearing authentic 18th century clothing and explore the sites and stories of the soldiers and citizens affected during this time. The tour costs $10-$15 per person, space is limited. Tickets available online at: https://newporthistorytours.org/tickets/.


November 6
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Colony House
Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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