Defending the Delaware: A Special Two-Part Event

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, July 28 at 6PM (1st Part) Saturday, August 21 or Sunday, August 22 (2nd Part) Explore the fascinating history of how the Delaware was fortified during the Revolution and help to build a replica of one of the defenses. Robert Smith was the leading architect in 18th-century Philadelphia.

On the eve of the American Revolution, he built Carpenters' Hall and then applied his skills to defend the city, designing fortifications called chevaux de frise that were submerged in the Delaware River to thwart British attack. The Carpenters' Company, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, and ISM are partnering on a special two-part event to explore this fascinating history. First, join us virtually on July 28 to learn more about Smith and how chevaux de frise were used to fortify the Delaware during the Revolution. Then, on August 21 and 22, visit Fort Mifflin in-person to work with volunteers from the 4th Connecticut Regiment, who are constructing a replica cheval de frise.

Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
History and Preservation