Sat, 06/25/2016 - 1:00pm


  • Mount Holly
Community Room

In December of 1776, Hessian soldiers fought with Continental artillery and South Jersey militia in a battle in Mount Holly that came to be called “The Battle of Iron Works Hill.” This conflict was a highly successful ruse, drawing thousands of Hessian and Scottish troops farther away from Trenton. Rumored to be involved was a beautiful woman – who has come to be known as the “Widow of Mount Holly” – who developed a relationship with the Hessian commanding officer, Colonel von Donop. This presentation will look at the importance of the Battle of Iron Works Hill and speculate on who might be the “Widow of Mount Holly.”

Ian Johns is an avid historian and reenactor who has organized and participated in numerous historical reenactments for more than 15 years. He was the principal organizer of the annual Battle of Iron Works Hill commemorative event held in Mount Holly each December, which brought together groups and visitors from all over New Jersey and beyond. He is also a member of the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council.

Registration requested at or 609-267-7111.

Sponsored by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders



  • Adult
  • Seniors
  • Teen
  • Family
  • Homeschooler

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Presented by: 
Ian Johns