Summerseat Newsletter and Annual Dinner

Historic Summerseat Newsletter March 2019

    Upcoming event – Annual Dinner – Friday, March 29

            Dinner begins at 6:00 PM – Tickets are $20 p/p

 For reservation call Sharon:   Home: 215-295-2900; Cell: 267-847-3089

    A delicious catered dinner of Chicken Francaise, Italian Green Beans, Vegetable Lasagna, Roasted Potatoes, Salad, Rolls, desert, and coffee.

    Dinner will be followed by a short business meeting of 15 minutes.  Then …

                  We are excited to present a talk by renowned Local Historian  –

                             LARRY KIDDER. Kidder will speak on …

                              George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days

Between December 25, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions and the actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving the hopes for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed the feelings of despair during the “times that tried men’s souls” on the American side and the feelings of confidence on the British side. Historian Larry Kidder is a retired high school history teacher and a thirty year volunteer historical interpreter for the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell. He has written three books on the American Revolution in the Trenton/Princeton area including, A People Harassed and Exhausted about the First Hunterdon County militia regiment, Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton, 1774-1783, and most recently, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds.

Summerseat is Open for Tours every First Saturday of the month 10 am to 1 pm at a cost of $ 7.00 p/p. For Private Tours call Sharon: 215-295-2900 or 267-847-3089.

Did you know that Gen. George Washington’s cousin, William Washington, fought in the battle of Trenton commanding the 3rd Virginia Regiment, his second in command was future president James Monroe who was seriously wounded, while Wm was less seriously injured on his hands. Wm. Washington led a successful assault driving into the Hession pickets on King Street seizing two cannons and their crews.

    Two of William Washington’s notable successes were the capture of Rugeley’s Mill, South Carolina on December 4, 1780, and the defeat of a Tory partisan unit at Hammond’s Old Store in the Little River District on December 27, 1780. At Rugeley’s Mill, Washington with 60 troops bluffed 112 Loyalists into surrendering a strongly fortified homestead without firing a shot by use of a “Quaker Gun”, mounting a felled tree trunk on wagon axles to resemble a cannon.

    On September 8, 1781, at The Battle of Eutaw Springs North Carolina, William Washington’s final action, he charged a portion of the British line positioned in a thicket along Eutaw Creek. The thicket proved impenetrable and British fire repulsed the mounted charges. During the last charge, William’s horse was shot out from under him, and he was pinned beneath his horse. He was bayoneted and taken prisoner, and held under house arrest in the Charleston area for the remainder of the war.

The British commander in the South, Lord Cornwallis, would later comment that “there could be no more formidable antagonist in a charge, at the head of his cavalry, than Colonel William Washington.” (en.m.wikipedia.org)

 

 Membership for a Graduate who enjoys History would be a Great Graduation Gift

Don’t forget – Historic Morrisville Society Memberships are Now Payable for 2019

Please make check payable to:   Historic Morrisville Society

   Mail with this information to:

Attn: Diane Hughes

   Summerseat, 130 Legion Ave.,                                                                                         Morrisville, PA 19067

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                                                   Memberships

____ Full Time Student .. $10.      ____ Colonial …………………….….. $   50.

____ Senior Citizen …… $ 10.     ____ Soldier ………..………………….$     100.

____ Individual ………… $ 15.     ____ Patriot ……….………………… $     300.

____ Family ……………. $ 25.     ____ Lafayette Liberator …………….. $      500.

                                                     ____ Washington High Command….. $ 1,000.

“Adopt a Shutter”

Adopt one shutter for $350.00

Adopt a set of shutters for $700

The exterior of the building is in need of extensive repair and updating

Please consider adopting a shutter (or a set) to help with the ongoing restoration of this historic jewel

Your name will be placed on a commemorative plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place in Historic Summerseat

Carol Sing at Summerseat, Wednesday, December 5 from 7-9 pm

 

Make a Joyful Noise!

 

Carol Sing at Summerseat

 

Lift up your voice and sing

In Summerseat, a beautiful Georgian mansion decorated for the season

Wednesday, December 5th from 7-9 pm

Music by Ronald Chancler

Light refreshments served

Summerseat –

Headquarters of General George Washington from December 8-14, 1776

130 Legion Avenue, Morrisville, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

Crafters and Vendors wanted for Morrisville’s Winter Festival, Summerseat Remembers, Saturday, December 8th from 10-3

 

Crafters and Vendors wanted for Morrisville’s

Winter Festival, Summerseat Remembers, 

Saturday December 8th from 10-3

  • Set up would be on the second floor starting at 8 am.
  • You must bring your own table
  • Cost $25 – Limited Spaces

For more information call (267) 959-4865.

Deadline for registering is December 1, 2018.

Painting Party at Summerseat – Fall Fundraiser

HISTORIC SUMMERSEAT

Headquarters of george washington in 1776

A national historic landmark

300 clymer aveNUE

Morrisville, pa 19067

 

PAINT PARTY-FALL FUNDRAISER 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29th

    6:00-8:00PM

$30.00 per guest

            Come and enjoy an evening with your friends and learn to paint your own masterpiece! 

No experience needed, just come and have fun!

All art supplies provided!

Light refreshments will be served

All proceeds benefit the restoration of Historic Summerseat

Space is limited

Please call Sharon at 215 295 2900 to register

Patriots Day at Summerseat

Patriots Day at Summerseat, Saturday, May 26, 10AM to 3PM.

Fun for the whole family

Colonial Encampment by HMI

Archaeological Dig

with Dr. Eileen Bailey

 

 

Summerseat’s

Fabulous Raffle Baskets

      Bake Sale & Plant Sale

 Hot Dog & Beverage $3.00

Deneen Handmade Pottery

 

 

____ Senior Citizen ………….. $ 10        ____ Soldier ………………………………..… $    100.

____ Individual ………………… $ 15        ____ Patriot ……………………………..…… $     300.

____ Family ……………………… $ 25        ____ Lafayette Liberator ………………. $     500.

                                  ____ Washington High Command … $   1,000.

Thank you for your membership contributions, they are Much Needed & Appreciated to maintain Summerseat.

You are invited to SUMMERSEAT to meet Dr. Edward Lengel

Dr. Edward Lengel is Chief Historian of the Rubenstein National Center for White House History. He spent 20 years organizing General Washington’s Papers for the University of Virginia and is America’s leading Military Historian.

 Friday, February 23rd,  4:30 to 6:30pm

130 Legion Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067       

Light Fare served

PLEASE         R.S.V.P.         215-295-2900           or       summerseatsharon@aol.com

 

The Historic Morrisville Society at Summerseat will be honoring Mr. William Farkas for his generous contribution to HMS Restoration Fund

Summerseat Remembers, Saturday, December 9, 9-3PM

Join Mr and Mrs Barclay as they greet General George Washington on his arrival at 11:00am

Pictures with Santa 12:00-2:00

Activities all day long!

Toy Train Displays

Living History Re-enactors

Fireside lunch featuring delicious Homemade Soups

Christmas Raffle

History Gallery

Children’s Activities

Crafters

All proceeds benefit the restoration of Summerseat