Eighth-graders at Middlesex Middle School recently dressed in Colonial attire to meet with Fifth Connecticut Regiment re-enactors and learn more about the role Connecticut’s citizens played in the creation of the United States.

The students participated in hands-on exhibits of uniforms, camp life, crafts, weapons and other aspects of the 18th century.

The Fifth Connecticut Regiment group is made up of men, women, and children who travel throughout the country to educate people on the American Revolution and participate in re-enactments. The original Fifth Connecticut Regiment was formed after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and was first mustered in May 1775. It was made up entirely of Fairfield County recruits.