The French Battle at the Fort Mifflin

Reenactment of French soldiers defending Ft. Mifflin and many other fascinating activities at “The French at the Fort Mifflin” at the historic location Fort on Mifflin Road
Reenactment of French soldiers defending Ft. Mifflin and many other fascinating activities at “The French at the Fort Mifflin” at the historic location Fort on Mifflin Road

Come celebrate one of American history’s epic events!    

By Elizbeth Beatty

Did you know that Fort Mifflin, site of the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution, was designed and defended by French military engineers? Celebrate the French Alliance during the American Revolution at “The French at the Fort Mifflin” (Les Français au Fort) on Saturday, July 27 from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. 

The French with their American Indian allies were our bitter enemy during the French and Indian War (1754-63).  But just 12 years later, the French came to our aid and this partnership was vital in gaining our freedom from England. 

The day’s varied activities at Ft. Mifflin include:

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  History Discussions:  Join Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson (5 PM – 6 PM) and Benjamin Franklin (3 PM – 7 PM) to discuss revolutionary politics, French wines and society. Enjoy historic French fashions, visit with enactors for the French soldiers serving in the American Revolution.

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Demonstration – Black powder:  Fort Mifflin’s cannon plus Dr. Franklin’s wall gun.  France was a leader in the technology of black powder production, brought to this area by E.I. DuPont in the early 19th century. Guests from Hagley Museum will share some of the DuPont story and treasures from their museum.  (Fire the cannon: $20 donation!)

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 French Language Lesson:  Join in Petite Ecole with Madame Karine and learn to speak French

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 Movie:   “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” shown in our Casemate Cinema

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 Crafts:   Make a French lavender sachet to take home.

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  Enjoy guided Wine Tasting, Paris Punch, Crepes with Ice Cream or a Petite Cheese Tray (fees apply.)

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 Home Made Quiche Contest!  Bring your best homemade quiche (served at room temperature, in a disposable pan) for the Quiche Contest (Judging at 3:45, slices of quiche available for purchase after judging.)  

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  Picnic Table Dressing Contest:  “Pique-Nique” with French flair will be rewarded (Judging at 6 PM.) Prizes to the winners! 

This unique event celebrates history, culture and friendship.   Additional fees apply for food, wine and punch – all other activities are included with your admission. General Admission $15; $10 Seniors, Veterans, Students 12 and under. Open 10 – 4, Wednesdays to Sundays. 

Ft. Mifflin is located at 1 Ft. Mifflin Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153, on the right off the extension of Island Avenue:  For information visit www.fortmifflin.us or phone 215-685-4167.  

Elizabeth Beatty is Executive Director of Ft. Mifflin on the Delaware.


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