The year was 1776. The Declaration of Independence had just been signed. The newly formed United States of America was now at war with England in a fight for freedom. And, the first bag of kettle corn was popped.
My ancestor, Peter Francisco, was famous for his extraordinary height, massive strength, and unbelievable bravery. George Washington called him "One Man Army," and claimed "Without him, we would have lost two crucial battles, perhaps the war, and with it our freedom." Today there are 6 monuments that stand in his honor and as his descendants we re-tell his story to those who don't know "The Hercules of the Revolution."
At the same time, kettle corn was historically introduced into the US in 1776 when Dutch settlers began to sell it at fairs and other festival occasions.