News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 22, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 22, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, November 22, 2018
Remembering Hessians at Fort George
A German Christmas Horn Concert

How would the so-called Hessians stationed at Castine’s Fort George during the American Revolution have celebrated Christmas? According to a release from the Castine Historical Society, “We know from Hessian diaries dating from the period that the German troops did celebrate the holiday, and we like to think that this celebration included music. Among the 200 Ansbach-Bayreuth troops from Germany stationed at Fort George, ten were listed as Waldhorn musicians who played the natural horn.”

To honor these German troops at Fort George, a concert of 18th century horn music will take place at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 69 Main Street, Castine, on Monday, December 3, at 3 p.m. The concert is free of charge, although donations will be appreciated. Following the concert there will be a reception featuring cookies and non-alcoholic Glühwein. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of Castine Fortifications, the Castine Arts Association, Friends of Witherle Memorial Library and the University of Maine German Club – Der Deutsche Verein.

The concert will feature musicians C. Scott Smith, Scott Burditt, John Wheeler and Ken Miller. C. Scott Smith will play the Waldhorn, or natural horn, and the other musicians will play its modern equivalent, the French horn. The natural horn was in use up until the early 19th century when the French horn was developed.

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