George Taylor House mouse gets a name
Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.
Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.
“It took three days to travel by land from Philadelphia to Bethlehem,” Franklin impersonator Chris Black said. “The trail was so narrow that a Moravian guide was required to make sure no one took a wrong turn and got lost in the wilderness.”
Easton and Northampton counties (Northampton and Lehigh in the Revolutionary period) were hotbeds for the independence movement.
The Bachman Players intend to release a new play titled “Easton 1775 — the Edge of Revolution.”
“I think it would give an account of the activism that went on in the area supporting the independence movement,” Black said. “George Taylor was instrumental in determining how the new government was run. It’s easy to say we will be independent, but the difficulty is in how to run a government.”
Black pointed out that after the famous Tea Party incident, Boston was effectively blockaded by the British leading to harsh economic times.
“It was the other colonies who bought Boston-made products so they would survive,” he said.
According to Howard White, one of the members of Franklin’s militia, “John Dickerson, one of the staunch supporters of independence, was a Loyalist until the Declaration of Independence was signed. He wanted to wait until King George could address the grievances presented.”
Those who attended took the history lesson in stride and gathered under a field tent to view the Disney movie “Ben and Me.” The movie claims a mouse named Amos hid under Ben Franklin’s hat and was responsible for all Franklin’s inventions.
A similar fantasy mouse living in the George Taylor House became the subject of a naming contest, in which area children and their families attempted to choose the best name for the mouse. With more than 100 entries, the selection committee chose Quill, a name submitted by the Ballek family of Salisbury Township. The family received congratulations and a gift basket at the event.