About Us

Our History
Coryell's Ferry Militia is the 18th century citizen's militia for the town of
Coryell's Ferry, now modern day New Hope, Pennsylvania.
The unit takes its roots from Solebury Rifle Companies #1 and #2, and has
evolved to include three artillery batteries supported by Continental regulars.

The Unit
Coryell's Ferry Militia consists of three fully functioning artillery batteries:
a three-quarter scale light six pounder on a traveling carriage and two
three-quarter scale six pounders on naval carriages.
All three are fired regularly at numerous historical reenactments, civic events
and educational programs throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

In September of 1997, Coryell's Ferry Militia commanded the artillery during the
launching of Delaware's Tall Ship the KALMAR NYCKEL,
a full scale reproduction of the 17th century Swedish warship that founded the colony
of Delaware. In May of 1998, the Militia provided gun crews, artillery tools and cannons
for the ship's maiden voyage.

The 1997-1998 candidate chosen to portray the role of General George Washington at
Washington Crossing Historic Park's Christmas Day Crossing of the Delaware is
Robert Gerenser, the founder of this living history unit. Each November the Militia
provides artillery and gun crews for the defense of Fort Mifflin, and in December
they host two events in the town of New Hope, PA. :
Monroe's Crossing at Coryell's Ferry and the Colonial Christmas Ball.

Coryell's Ferry Militia participates in the following events:
The Defense of Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, PA
Monroe's Crossing of the Delaware, New Hope, PA
The Colonial Christmas Ball, New Hope, PA
The Christmas Day Crossing, Washington Crossing Historic Park
Washington's Birthday Festivities, Washington Crossing Historic Park
Live Artillery Demonstrations, Monmouth Battlefield State

The Liberty Tree

IN a chariot of light from the regions of day,

The Goddess of Liberty came;

Ten thousand celestials directed the way,

And hither conducted the dame.

A fair budding branch from the gardens above,

Where millions with millions agree,

She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,

And the plant she named Liberty Tree.


The celestial exotic struck deep in the ground,

Like a native it flourished and bore;

The fame of its fruit drew the nations around,

To seek out this peaceable shore.

Unmindful of names or distinctions they came,

For freemen like brothers agree;

With one spirit endued, they one friendship pursued,

And their temple was Liberty Tree.


Beneath this fair tree, like the patriarchs of old,

Their bread in contentment they ate

Unvexed with the troubles of silver and gold,

The cares of the grand and the great.

With timber and tar they Old England supplied,

And supported her power on the sea;

Her battles they fought, without getting a groat,

For the honor of Liberty Tree.

But hear, O ye swains, 'tis a tale most profane,

How all the tyrannical powers,

Kings, Commons and Lords, are uniting amain,

To cut down this guardian of ours;

From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms,

Through the land let the sound of it flee,

Let the far and the near, all unite with a cheer,

In defence of our Liberty Tree.

Thomas Paine