Battle of Fall's river  May 31, 1778


On May 31, 1778, the little town of Fall River (then still Freetown) witnessed its only military action of the American Revolution at the mouth of the Quequechan River.


June 2 & 3, the city is invited to Fall River Heritage State Park to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Fall River with a weekend-long living history event on the same riverbanks that witnessed the battle.


Presented by the Lafayette-Durfee House and hosted by Fall River Heritage State Park, the living history event will include several local military reenactment units, including Le Régiment Bourbonnais, the 54th Regiment of Foot, the 13th Continental Regiment, & Eames’ Rangers. Both days will feature infantry drills, open-fire cooking demonstrations, blacksmithing, sailmaking, pottery, & more.

The encampment will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and then from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. A slideshow about the Battle of Fall River will be offered at 12:00 noon both days in the Visitor Center Theater.


 This event is FREE and suitable for all ages; the park and Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodation is available with advanced notice. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street. The Battle of Fall River living history event will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.


For more information, please call Fall River Heritage State Park Visitor Services at (508) 675-5759 x 500 or visit the Lafayette-Durfee House’s website at or their Facebook page A schedule of events will be posted May 25, 2018 on the website.

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240th Anniversary


photo by Frank C Grace



Cont'l Regt

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54th Regiment of Foot

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Le Régiment Bourbonnais

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Hon Thomas Durfee meeting the Commanding Officer of Le Regiment Borbonnais at the Lafayette Durfee house 2016

Read the letter from Pigot to Clinton May 31 1778  -link here


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