2019 HISTORICAL FIGURES
Historical figures confirmed as of June 2019. Check back for continuing updates and additions.
Molly Pitcher: Heroine of the Battle of Monmouth
Stacy Flora Roth of History on the Hoofportrays Molly Pitcher (Mary Hays McCauley). “Molly” will reminisce about the days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles & winter encampments from Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging "behind the baggage," she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a "camp follower" in the days when American Independence was a dream rather than a certainty.
George Washington: Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
Meet the General who led the 1776 Christmas Crossing of the Delaware and led the Continental Army to victory at Trenton and Princeton. David B. Emerson of History on the Hoof portrays General George Washington. Gen. Washington will appear in special presentation and roam the fair throughout the day.
Hercules: Chef to the First President
Enslaved by George Washington as chef at Mount Vernon and the presidential mansions, Hercules was known across the new United States for his cooking and saved money from the sale of leftover food to acquire fine clothes and a gold-handled cane. Keith Henley of American Historical Theatre brings Hercules to life, exploring Hercules’ life in slavery and eventual escape to freedom.
Sr. Veronica & Marine Cpl. Andrew Tomlin: The Civil War at Sea
The Sisters of the Holy Cross were the precursors of the modern naval nurses, serving from 1862 to 1865 aboard the first naval hospital ship, the Red Rover. Judi brings to life Sister Veronica, one of the naval nurses among the Sisters of the Holy Cross, wearing a habit made in collaboration with the modern-day order. Marine Corporal Andrew Tomlin also served in the Civil War, fighting at the Second Battle of Ft. Fisher on January 15, 1865. Stuart Buncher portrays this marine officer who is one of only two marines from New Jersey who has received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Walt Whitman: America’s Good Grey Poet
Darrel Blaine Ford, who has studied Walt Whitman for over 75 years, will bring the “Good Grey Poet” to life as he portrays this iconic figure of American literature. Listen to “Walt” as he recites poetry, learn about his life and his experiences during the Civil War, and discover his home in Camden – the only home he ever owned and where he died in 1892. See why Whitman is often called America’s greatest poet.
Theodore Roosevelt: A Life of Vigor
Peyton Dixon brings to life Theodore Roosevelt – war hero, Nobel Prizewinner, naturalist and 26th President of the United States. TR is dee-lighted to tell tales of the campaign trail, communing with nature and the joys of New Jersey. As the Bull Moose will tell you, "I don't think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did."
Alice Ramsey: From Hell Gate to Golden Gate
Actress Laurie Gaulke portrays Hackensack’s Alice Ramsey. When Alice Ramsey was 22 years old in 1908 she journeyed by automobile across the United States from Hell Gate in New Jersey to Golden Gate in California, making her the first woman to drive across the country.
Alice Paul: Suffragist
Alisa Dupuy of the Ladies of History provides first-person portrayals of important women. In 2019, the 100th anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s rights to vote, Alisa Dupuy brings New Jersey suffragist Alice Paul to life.
Amelia Earhart: Aviatrix & Activist
Famous as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart taught aviation, organized in support of female pilots, and campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and women’s rights. 100 years after the passage of the Constitution’s 19th Amendment, Pat Jordan of American Historical Theatre brings the pioneering aviatrix to life.