Bowie celebrates its part in the American Revolution -- Gazette.Net


About 250 people went to Bowie’s annual commemoration of the American Revolution from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Belair Mansion on Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie, said Pam Williams, the city’s historic property manager.

“The weather was perfect, and we had a wonderful group of people,” Williams said. “It was very much a success.”

Visitors saw British and American soldiers back in action during a re-enacted skirmish and talked with them about army life, she said.

Inside the mansion, visitors joined 18th century ladies in a sewing circle, while children played games, she said.

“[The event] is to commemorate the fact that we had an American Revolution, commemorate the fact we were here and that this is a significant piece of history that happened in Bowie and Prince George’s County,” Williams said.

In 1781, French army troops, who aided the Americans against the British and ultimately helped win the war, traveled south from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., along what is now Route 450, making their way past Belair Mansion, Williams said.

For the past four years, Bowie museums have hosted the free event, which is open to the public, she said.