Three Towns Pageant - 1926

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    Episode I

    All three towns participated in Episode I - "The Spirit of Occupation of the Mountains and the Valleys Before the Coming of Man."

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    Episode II

    Chatham organized and acted out "Indian Occupation". Attention to detail was paramount. Committees meet with Native Americans to assure historical accuracy of the costumes.

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    EPISODE III

    Facts were researched and authentic props gathered for Madison's re-enactment of "The Early Settlement".

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    EPISODE IV

    Summit had the task of presenting Episode IV the "Revolutionary Period". Just like the other episodes, it was full of color, drama and action.

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    EPISODE V

    "The Coming of Liberty and Peace" was presented by all three towns. Over 500 people participated on dozens of committees to produce this pageant.

  • In 1926, Chatham held a week long celebration to mark the 150th signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was of epic proportions and culminated on July 5th with the presentation of "The Three Towns Pageant" held on the banks of the Passaic River. Citizens of Chatham, Madison and Summit came together and presented the pageant with five episodes depicting "The Great Valley of the Watchung" through the ages until the end of the Revolutionary War.

    The Crowd

    Conservative estimates place the attendance of the pageant at 10,000. Some say as many as 15,000 witnessed this great spectacle.

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Post date: July 27, 2017

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October 20, 2017

History & Hops 2017

Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for autumn festivities! Join us on Friday, October 20, 2017 for our second annual “History & Hops.” Last year it was a sold out event so get your tickets early. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!