Wentworth House Event: Snowshoe Men

Snowshoe Men at the Wentworth House

Meet a company of men portraying veteran snowshoe soldiers who patrolled the New England frontier during the mid-18th century during a weekend of living history on January 16 and 17. Members of Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers will be in residence at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH and will demonstrate the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, plus the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia in the 1750s.

Snowshoe companies were formed to patrol New England’s harsh frontier during the long winters and protect the northern settlements from attack by the French and their Native American allies during the border wars of the mid-1700s. The New England “ranging” companies served a vital role during the French and Indian War.

The public is invited to meet the snowshoe men on Saturday, January 16 from noon to 4 pm and again on Sunday, January 17 from 10 am to 3 pm. Costumed interpreters will also demonstrate 18th century hearth cooking, crafts, board games and other recreational activities, and other aspects of winter life in colonial New England.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Tours of the house will also be offered during the event. A donation of $5 is suggested for adults; the event is free to children and ARCH members. For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org or on Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House.

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Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, French and Indian War era, at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH, January 17, 2015. Photograph by Ralph Morang