The Friends of Mount Harmon will host a Colonial Plantation Picnic, featuring food, fun and colonial performances, at the historic, 200-acre Mount Harmon Plantation in Earleville, Md., from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 2.


    Just a few miles down the road from Middletown sits the Mount Harmon Plantation, a colonial site right on the Sassafras River in Earleville, Md., boasting 200 acres of nature trails, gardens wildlife and colonial buildings. Each year, the Friends of Mount Harmon invite the public to explore the property and enjoy a day of food, fun and colonial performances. The group will host a Colonial Plantation Picnic from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 2.

    Community members will have a chance to tour a colonial Manor House, take in the views of the Chesapeake’s waters, sample an Eastern Shore buffet and become apart of the American Revolution as re-enactors take them back to the 1700s.

    It’s all part of the Colonial Plantation Picnic, a six-year tradition on the Mount Harmon Plantation that celebrates the area’s colonial heritage and raises money for the historic site.

    “This is one of the most scenic, beautiful sites in the Delmarva Region,” said Paige Howard, executive director of the Friends of Mount Harmon. “This is a great chance to visit and for us to showcase the property and our traditions.”

    Howard said this year is expected to be the event’s biggest and best yet. With twice as many re-enactors signed up from groups including  the Cecil County Heritage Troup, the Dover English Country Dancers, the Fourth Legionary Corp and several other military units, guests will get the full colonial experience.

    Also included in the event will be plantation wagon rides, a silent auction featuring antiques and specialty items, colonial crafts and games for the kids and, of course, a gourmet Eastern Shore buffet featuring crab cake, fried chicken summer salads and homemade deserts.

    “We want people to realize we’re open to the public,” Howard said. “It’s like a mini-Williamsburg in the mid-Atlantic region. The picnic is a great way to bring people together.

    The plantation will also showcase its new Education and Discovery Center, which featured a Highlights in History Exhibit and expanded educational programs.

    Howard said as a non-profit organization, the picnic is a major fundraiser for the historic site. With approximately 200 people attending each year, she hopes to see an even higher increase in participation.

    “We’d love to see more people come out,” she said. “The more the merrier. It’s a great family event, with all of its history and surrounding nature. You can’t come to a better place and support a better cause.”