July 05, 2014 Middleton Place commemorated the Fourth of July with special readings of the Declaration of Independence 5 minutes before each House Museum tour, with a costumed interpreter reading a portion of the historical document that was signed by Arthur Middleton, born on the plantation on June 26, 1742. In addition to the readings, attendees had the opportunity to meet a Revolutionary War soldier re-enactor and find out about life in the battlefield; participate in hands-on military drills from the 18th century; and more. A family activity area was also set up, where children of all ages were able to write with a quill pen, make their own tri-corn hat, learn how to make a whirligig and try rolling a hoop.
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