Pasadena: History repeats itself – again – during 1812 re-enactment

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War of 1812 re-enactment

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War of 1812 re-enactment

James Wheeler of Baltimore wears earplugs during a cannon demonstration at last year’s War of 1812 re-enactment at Hancock’s Resolution in Pasadena. History repeats itself – again – along the banks of Bodkin Creek Sunday.


August 24, 2012 .

By KELLEY LEMONS For Capital Gazette

Every year it’s the same thing. The British show up to burn the Lion in Bodkin Creek at Hancock’s Resolution.

Its predictability doesn’t make the re-enactment any less important. Especially this year, the bicentennial year of the War of 1812.

“This is a real event that happened in northern Anne Arundel County during the War of 1812,” said Jim Morrison, president of the Friends of Hancock’s Resolution. “It’s history.”

Sunday will be a day full of history, taking visitors back to an event that unfolded on the Bodkin on Aug. 24, 1812. Naval Historian Kim Nielsen will share the history of the British burning of the Baltimore clipper Lion, the battle of Caulk’s Field on the Eastern Shore that happened one week later and the Battle of Baltimore that took place three weeks after the burning of the Lion. He also will discuss Capt. John Smith’s two voyages through this area in 1608.

There also will be naval artillery and infantry demonstrations.

This is the 10th year for what the park calls a “remembrance of the British raid to burn the fine American Schooner.” It will take place at the historic property, 2795 Bayside Beach Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The cost is $10 per family or $5 per person and free for Friends of Hancock’s Resolution members. People can pay by cash or checks.

For details, call 410-255-4048 or visit

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