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Tom McGuire and the Battle of Germantown

October 1, 2013

This year leading up to the battle we wanted to highlight a few different perspectives from the faithful people who get involved and make this annual event a success. We have great supporters and so we wanted to share some insight into why they keep coming back. This blog features an interview with Tom McGuire who joins us each year to share his expertise about the battle with presentations and narrations of each reenactment.

_DSC00341. What interests you most about the Battle of Germantown and when did you first learn about the re-enactment?
Tom McGuire: I have been interested in the Battle of Germantown ever since I first read about it as a child nearly fifty years ago. The idea of a house being turned into a fortress captured my imagination, and I can still vividly recall my first glimpse of Cliveden in October, 1974. I was a senior in high school, and now with my drivers’ license, I was able to find Cliveden while on my way to watch a football game at Penn Charter one Friday afternoon. The following year I was a participant in one of the first reenactments ever held there, and have participated each year since 1977.

What do you enjoy about the Germantown Reenactment each year?
Tom McGuire: There is a sense of timelessness about the old house. The fact that Cliveden is the original building, and the furniture is the family furniture makes it one of the most unique sites in the nation. The “old house” smell inside–wood, plaster, wax polish–and its cool, dimly lit interiors create a genteel atmosphere. The history there is real, and Battle Day helps to bring public awareness to the site. It is a great honor and delight for me to be part of the event each year, and I always greatly look forward to it.

About: Tom McGuire is a noted historian and teacher.  He is the author of several works on the Philadelphia Campaign during the American Revolution, including
The Surprise of Germantown: Or, the Battle of Cliveden, October 4th, 1777
The Philadelphia Campaign: Volume One: Brandywine and the Fall of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Campaign: Volume Two: Germantown and the Roads to Valley Forge (Philadelphia Campaign)
Battle of Paoli
Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace

Come out and meet Mr. Tom McGuire and hear his vivid narration of the Surprise of Germantown at 10:45am and 1:45pm, only at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival on Saturday October 5, 2013 at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave. 10am-4pm


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