The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, will offer a multimedia presentation by historic-site interpreter Tom Welch on the Battle of the Chesapeake, set for 1 p.m. Oct. 13.
The Battle of the Chesapeake, also known as the Battle of the Capes, took place near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on Sept. 5, 1781. During the melee, the French succeeded in preventing a British fleet from entering the bay to relieve Cornwallis’ army that was besieged at Yorktown, Virginia, by a combined Franco-American army under generals George Washington and Rochambeau. Deprived of reinforcements and supplies, Cornwallis surrendered to Washington on Oct. 19, 1781, effectively securing independence for the 13 Colonies.
Tom Welch served as a historic-site interpreter for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs since 2007 after a 27-year career as an administrator for Wesley College. Welch was asked to portray Delaware patriot Allen McLane in a living-history program in 2008. Since then, he has been a dedicated scholar on McLane and has portrayed him in various programs statewide. In addition to his presentation on the Battle of the Chesapeake, Welch has helped in developing several programs on American history including Hamilton, the Allen McLane Symposium and the Old State House History Coffee-Hour Lecture Series.
For more, call 744-5054.