Colonial Charlestown

♦  1742  


A call to arms.  Turning the tide to preserve our history.

Charlestown was part of the American experience before it was the United States. Generations of resourceful colonists became determined towns people who saw their historic crossroads town start to slip away.  The old taverns and homes were all that remained and they needed help.

Fire and general deterioration are typical hazards for 275 year old structures in an eastern-shore town.  Time took its toll as one landmark after another succumbed.   The final impetus arrived when one of the best remaining Dutch colonial houses was purchased, dismantled and the pieces moved to be reassembled by the new owner in Pennsylvania.

Taking action to help save the remainder,  Colonial Charlestown Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization was formed by some of the very people who grew up attending Charlestown’s one room school house.

Four structures in town were placed on the National Historic Registry.  One of them, known locally as the Tory House, was purchased by the newly formed not-for-profit, taken back from near ruin, repaired and turned into a colonial times house museum of Charlestown artifacts, notes and drawings that illustrate how early residents worked and lived their lives in a revolutionary time worth remembering.

(It’s our Bicenterquasquigenary!)

Colonial Fair and Market
October 21 and 22, 2017
Saturday 10 – 4, Sunday 11 – 4

  • Colonial Crafts – vendors and demonstrations.
  • Colonial products and memorabilia, unique gifts!
  • Reenactments of actual historical events in town.
  • Generals, bold patriots and the families they left behind.
  • Colonial musicians, Lifestyle encampments and reenactors.
  • Games and Contests for all ages, learn how to play Cricket!
  • Spies and town criers. Tavern wenches and gracious dames.
  • Peale Paint Out – Color, Copy or Paint our colonial homes, or American patriots and presidents.
  • Talk of the Town Tours – Charlestown history through the years.
  • Taste of the Times – Private Colonial Home Tours and Banquet featuring recipes from Mt. Vernon and Monticello with Colonial entertainment. . . Of all varieties. A must be experienced event.