The Colonial port town of Lower Marlboro will bustle again on Saturday, October 7 in a festival celebrating an event that took place during the War of 1812. No shots will be fired in the commemoration of the freedom of 13 enslaved persons from Lower Marlboro who took refuge with the British forces in 1814. The day-long event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with exhibits on the war and life in Lower Marlboro on display at the Lower Marlboro Hall at 3911 Lower Marlboro Road, and with performances and a demonstration of 18th century woodworking at the Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church, 6519 Lower Marlboro Lane.
Maya Davis, research historian at the Maryland State Archives and interim director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum, will speak at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Catherine Couchman, a Calvert County avocational historian will present her research on enslaved persons who fled the county during the war at 2:00 p.m. At 3:00, Chris Banks, President of the Calvert County Historical Society, will present a living history interpretation of an enslaved woman during the conflict. Jackie King Waymire will present an interpretation of slaveholder, Elizabeth Ballard. Calvert County naturalists will lead kayak tours on the Patuxent River—kayaks will be provided—at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Participants must be at least 9 years old.
Local residents will be on hand to answer questions, and some to demonstrate crafts. A brochure will guide visitors around the oldest part of the village of Lower Marlboro. Some of the houses there witnessed the War of 1812. A full menu of food will be available from Cuddy’s Rockin’ Ribs at the Lower Marlboro Hall.
Parking is available next to the hall in Lower Marlboro. The festivities will conclude at 4:00 p.m.