RINGWOOD, N.J. -- Come experience 19th century battle tactics and civil society at the 10th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical Weekend at Ringwood Manor this weekend.
On Saturday, July 23, the festivities are from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, they're from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This weekend, Ringwood State Park will be transformed into South Africa at the turn of the 19th century. The park will host an encampments of members various military reenactor groups, including the Royal Sussex Regimental Society, to represent both the forces of the British Empire and the Boer settlers.
Saturday, the reenactors will do skirmishes at noon and 3 p.m., to reenact the fighting which took place between the British and the Boers during the three-year struggle for control over land in South Africa.
In addition to the skirmishes, "Both British and Boer camps will be open to the public where visitors can see and learn about life at the end of the Victorian period, what actually caused one of the most devastating and misunderstood conflicts in African colonial history, and how its lingering effects shaped the world today," organizers noted.
"Additionally, activities, games, and demonstrations will take place throughout the day on the front lawn of Ringwood Manor, with civilian reenactors presenting aspects of daily Victorian life."
There is no charge for the event, but state park parking fees apply: $5 per car for in-state residents and $7 per car for out-of-state residents.
Ringwood Manor will also be open for guided tours on both days, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost for tours is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.
Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., in Ringwood. For more information about the historical site, visit its website.
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