Colonial Day event returns to Josiah Dennis Manse

August 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Josiah Dennis Manse docent Amanda Maguire displays a sample of her weaving: a table runner created on the 18th century working loom behind her. (Photo by Lisa Parker)

The Dennis Historical Society will transport visitors back to the 18th century for the much-anticipated and captivating one-day-only Colonial Day at the Manse event on Saturday, August 18, from 10am to 4pm at the Josiah Dennis Manse.

This sensation of the summer will feature costumed interpreters and reenactors who will demonstrate crafts and trades that were ever-present in the 1700s, including chair caning, rug hooking, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving. One of the highlights of the day will be an appearance by the Yarmouth Minute Men, complete with colonial muskets and cannon. There will also be lawn games and educational whimsies that will appeal to young and old alike, as well as an opportunity to explore the 1736 homestead of the town’s namesake minister. Best of all, there will be the legendary Dennis Historical Society’s Pie, Bake and Dennis History Book Sale until those delicious goodies and informative tomes run out.

Admission is free—though donations are always gratefully accepted—to this can’t-miss event at Josiah Dennis Manse, located at the corner of Whig Street and Nobscusset Road. The Manse continues to be open on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm through August 31. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on