Patriots Spirit cooking fire 250Join Iron Work Farm for a fun and activity filled Patriots Day Spirit celebration.

Date: Sunday, April 14th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Robbins Ride: 5:30 pm
Faulkner Homestead

Come travel back in time with us to learn why we celebrate Patriots Day in Acton as the start of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. What better place to do it than at the Faulkner Homestead, the home of Col. Francis Faulkner in 1775, and Col. Winthrop E. Faulkner in 1861!

The annual Patriots Day Spirit at the Faulkner Homestead, 5 High Street, shows why Patriots’ Day commemorates both events. We welcome all to this family-friendly event.

Costumed re-enactors from two different centuries will take part. On April 19, 1775, colonial families waited in the Faulkner dooryard for news of their militiamen. Today’s visitors will experience 18th-century home life with outdoor cooking, children’s games, crafts, etc., and get to meet the young Francis Faulkner, Jr. Indoors, members of the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild will demonstrate the colonial art of spinning and weaving.

Robbins Alarm Rider 250Advancing to 1861, to mark the start of the Civil War, reenactment groups from both the North and South will be encamped on the hillside. If weather permits, they will also stage a skirmish or two in the Faulkner Woods.

Don't miss the Acton Minutemen's Robbins Ride re-enactment - this year it's following Patriots Spirit at 5:30 pm. The horse and alarm rider bringing news of approaching war to Col. Francis Faulkner.

Patriots Day Spirit is open to the public for a modest donation—“Give What You Will.” Parking is available nearby.

Check out photos from previous years. View a video from our Patriots Day Spirit 2013, or visit our Facebook page.