Historic manor remembers USA independence

Families get up close with some of the weapons used by soldiers who would have fought in the American Civil War more than 200 years ago. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113908001

Families get up close with some of the weapons used by soldiers who would have fought in the American Civil War more than 200 years ago. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113908001

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The grounds of Sulgrave Manor came alive with the sound of gunfire on Saturday as they held their Independence Day celebrations.

The historic building is the home of ancestors of the first USA president George Washington and to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago, hundreds of people gathered for a day of music, and activities .

The Redcoats line up in formation. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-114024001

The Redcoats line up in formation. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-114024001

The day was brought to life with a dramatic American Civil War display re-enactment society before the arrival of an Honour Guard from USAG Croughton who brought down both the British and American flags in a fitting mark of respect.

Cymon Snow, general manager at Sulgrave Manor, said: “Everything went really well and nearly 500 people were on site which was really good. It is incredibly important to us to have these Independence Day celebrations.

“Sulgrave Manor was brought by the people of both the United States and the United Kingdom and I think it is the only property in the world owned by the people of two countries. Saturday was important for us because that is what we are all about.”

Activities throughout the day included various children’s activities including an exhibition of Native American artefacts and brass rubbings.

Musket fire fills the air as the Redcoats show off their skills. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113958001

Musket fire fills the air as the Redcoats show off their skills. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113958001

Families attending the celebrations were treated to an American-style barbecue and Brackley-based band Acoustic Journey provided an afternoon of music with some covers from American bands.

Members from the re-enactment society gave demonstrations of the weapons soldiers used duing the war before the display by the Redcoats in the Orchard resulted in musket fire filling the air to show off what life was like as a soldier fighting the war.

Sulgrave Manor was bought by the British American Peace Committee in 1914 to be a symbol of peace between the two countries. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in 1814, which brought to an end the war of 1812.

Brackley-based band Acoustic Journey provide some musical entertainment at Sulgrave Manor for their Independence Day celebations. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113928001

Brackley-based band Acoustic Journey provide some musical entertainment at Sulgrave Manor for their Independence Day celebations. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113928001

The Honour Guard from USAF Croughton who bring down both the American and British flags. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-114008001

The Honour Guard from USAF Croughton who bring down both the American and British flags. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-114008001

American bikes were also on display at Sulgrave Manor during their Independence Day celebrations. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113938001

American bikes were also on display at Sulgrave Manor during their Independence Day celebrations. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113938001

Making food for the soldiers and officers who were Redcoats before the display in the orchard. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113857001

Making food for the soldiers and officers who were Redcoats before the display in the orchard. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113857001

A member of the re-enactment society gives a demonstration of carpentry tools. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113918001

A member of the re-enactment society gives a demonstration of carpentry tools. Picture by Colin Wootton. NNL-150607-113918001