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‘Gloucester 1776’ living history this weekend

The sounds of musket fire will be heard throughout Gloucester’s Main Street this weekend for “Gloucester 1776: A Revolutionary Experience.”

This living history event is being put on by the Gloucester Historical Society, with help from the Friends of the Museum, the 7th Virginia Regiment, and Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The activities will be held at the Colonial Court Circle and Museum of History from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The museum will serve as home base for the event.

“Gloucester 1776” is free to all wanting to learn about a specific time in Gloucester history. Prior to 1776, John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, more commonly referred to as Lord Dunmore, was the acting Colonial Governor of Virginia. Historian and head of the 7th Virginia Regiment reenactment group, Michael Cecere said that Virginia at the time was enlarging its military and the militias that were formed, eventually forced Dunmore out of Williamsburg.

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