The Historical Society of Easton and Easton’s Parks and Recreation Department as co-sponsors of Celebrate Easton — The Burning of the Morehouse Farm — Revolutionary War Reenactment Weekend invite the community to join the festivities next month. The two days of living history will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, when more than 125 re-enactors from the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment encamp on the fields of Samuel Staples Elementary School.
On July 18, 1782, Lt. Ebenezer Morehouse was taken prisoner by a British raiding party of approximately 60 men who landed at Compo Beach, Westport, from their schooner. The raiding party was bent on plundering and destruction. Also captured were Benjamin Allen, William Allen, Abraham Elwood, Thomas Phillips and Nathaniel Johnson. Morehouse so irritated his captors that the British marched to his farm and burned it. Members of the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment portraying Patriot and British Military Regiments will set up camp, perform drills, skirmish and recreate the burning of Morehouse Farm.