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February 23 @ 11:15 am
The third annual Leslie’s Retreat community re-enactment commemorates Col. Alexander Leslie’s tense stand-off with local militiamen at the bridge over Salem’s North River on February 26, 1775. Now known as “Leslie’s Retreat,” this failed attempt by British redcoats to seize control of a local weapons stockpile places Salem firmly in the midst of Massachusetts’s unrest just before Lexington and Concord. As Massachusetts begins to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, reenacting Leslie’s Retreat offers Salem an important opportunity to place itself on the Revolutionary map. Started in 2017 through the efforts of the Leslie’s Retreat Committee, a network of local organizations and motivated citizens, as a community-focused event to engage locals in a largely underappreciated moment in Salem history, the Leslie’s Retreat Community Re-enactment is uniquely audience-interactive and allows locals to portray British redcoats and local Patriots alongside dedicated re-enactors and professional interpreters.
For more information, visit SalemHistorical.org.