2017 Nanticoke River Jamboree celebrates African American history and culture

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The Nanticoke River Jamboree is an annual event held at Handsell  to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Nanticoke River watershed area.  Each year the Jamboree features exhibits and demonstration by regional environmental and historic groups, a variety of living history performers and demonstrations by spinners, sheep-shearers, wood turners, open hearth cooks and more!  In addition you will find music, food and activities for the whole family.

COMING October 13-15 2017:  Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester

This Jamboree event will feature African American history and culture in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Organization, the Harriet Tubman State Park and the National Park Service UGRR Trail and Network to Freedom.  All information can be found at www.nanticokeriverjamboree.com


 2018 – Nanticoke River Jamboree at Handsell: Games Replayed!

The 2016 theme of “Games” will be revisited and replayed!

 Exhibitors interested in participating, please contact us at restorehandsell@gmail.com or call Midge at 410-228-7458

 Full details can be found a the Jamboree Website.

2016 Poster and Information and PAST Jamborees:


Thanks to the 2016 Jamboree Sponsors: NRG Energy, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Healing Hands Animal Hospital,

106.3 “the Heat”, Provident State Bank and The Drug Store (Hurlock, MD) 


 Here are some great photos from past Jamborees!



2013JamboreeCollage1JamboreeCollage5 The Jamboree is growing every year, so much so, that it now has its own web site!  Please visit  Nanticoke River Jamboree  for the latest updates on the next Jamboree!


Photos from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Nanticoke River Jamborees can be found at our Handsell facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/HandsellHouse/photos

See a short video of the 2012 Jamboree on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HS8kZwmCxs&feature=plcp


Daniel Firehawk explains hunting techniques of native people at the 2012 Jamboree!

Art Malestein, interpreting 17th century trader Christopher Nutter, watches the Baltimore United 1812 Volunteers doing a firearm demonstration at the 2012 Jamboree.

2 comments on “2017 Nanticoke River Jamboree celebrates African American history and culture

  1. […] were priviledged to demonstrate colonial blacksmithing at the Nanticoke River Jamboree, this past Saturday at Handsell to support the efforts to restore the house of Handsell and to […]

  2. Eugene Mitchell says:

    I am an amateur photographer (member Delaware Photographic Society) and am considering shooting your upcoming jamboree. Can you tell me of any restrictions or other considerations. Clearly, I will ask permission before shooting. Also, can you provide a street address so I can use GPS to locate your site.

    Thank you.

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