The Groton Historical Society is looking forward to an exciting Civil War Re-enactment and Living History program coming up this weekend, July 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at Hillbrook Orchard. The encampment will be preceded by a wonderful fireworks show, live music and a brief Civil War skirmish sponsored by the Groton Parks Dept. on Town Field behind the Groton Public Library, Friday night, July 13. The Groton Historical Society will also be open beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you have not visited before, this is the time to do it. There is so much planned, it is a not to be missed event. Admission is free to all venues.
Of particular note, we would like to encourage everyone to pick up a copy (or two!) of the special commemorative edition of The Hillbrook Orchard Times, which the re-enactment committee created to help support this event. The 24-page journal not only contains the full schedule of events for the weekend activities, but it also includes informative articles on what caused the Civil War, information and history about many of the re-enacting units that will be present, sketches about some of the historical personas who will be portrayed during the weekend, as well as anecdotes about what it is like to be a re-enactor. The paper may be purchased for $2 each and is available in many of our local businesses around town. It will be available at the fireworks and all event locations throughout the weekend, as well. It is a true collector’s item designed to enhance the experience of spectators and re-enactors alike. We hope everyone will pick up a copy.
Not to be missed as well are post-Civil War living history impressions being held at the Groton Historical Society during the weekend. Gov. and Mrs. George Boutwell will be hosting President Ulysses S. Grant, Dr. Samuel Green and Capt. Moses Palmer, whose Civil War diaries are part of the Society’s collections, among others. Additionally, Rev. Andrew Rosenberger, on whose wonderful property the encampment will take place, will be conducting the field church service at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Tours of Groton Civil War soldiers’ gravesites are also part of the program.
We appreciate all the support of our volunteers and sponsors who are making this special weekend possible. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Groton Historical Society
Civil War Re-enactment Committee Coordinator