Guilford & The Civil War: A Unique Living History Experience

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On and around the Guilford Green
Rain or Shine (see alternate schedule below in case of rain)

Join us for a celebration of Guilford life in the 1860s, a commemoration of the Civil War – the deadliest war in American history –  and a tribute to the 300 men who fought in the Guilford Regiment, many of whom died of battle wounds and disease in service to the Union.  Spend an hour or spend the day!

  • Observe military drills and demonstrations of the lives of Civil War soldiers.
  • See how people dressed, cooked, made tools and baskets, performed surgery.
  • Participate in an early form of baseball.
  • View an exhibit of documents depicting Guilford history and the lives of the 56 soldiers listed on the monument in the center of the Green,
  • Take a bus tour to see and learn about the houses where the soldiers lived.
  • Watch some of six, ten-minute original plays about the lives of Guilford residents of the time.
  • Talk with the playwright.
  • Ride on a period horse-drawn carriage.
  • Attend an 1860s-style Dudley Farm Market
  • Eat foods reminiscent of the time or have a meal at one of the local restaurants.
  • Listen to music of the times and a closing concert with musicians from Guilford and across the region.
  • Talk to the re-enactors – the soldiers, the surgeon, the blacksmith, the baseball players, the residents of the Griswold and Hyland house museums, Guilford residents like the Town Crier and Abolitionist Hattie Hawley, and to Abraham Lincoln and John Brown.

Schedule of Events

View Schedule below and/or download the following PDF’s:

11:00  – 5:30 Town Crier and Drummer Boys.   Abraham LincolnHistoric Document Displays Mike Loomis.  Howard WrightAll Historic Research by Tracy Tomaselli Green
11:00  – 5:30 Military EncampmentDemonstration Drills, Regimental Surgeon, Nurse, Apothecary, Cooking, Baseball & more Irving MoyCompany F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry,  6th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and 119th New York Volunteer Infantry Green
11:00  – 4:00 Open-Air Market and 1860 Period Demonstrations Dudley Farm Green
12:00 -12:30 Meet Author of “Almost Home,” a story about Guilford Soldiers T. M. Jacobs Information Tent
12:30 Photo Opportunity for Descendants of Soldiers Information Tent
12:00 – 4:00 Griswold House – Civil War Display/TourHyland House – Games for Children/ Tour Guilford Keeping SocietyDorothy Whitfield Historical Society Griswold House 171 Boston St.Hyland House 84 Boston St.
12:00– 4:00 Historic Bus Tours:Homes of Civil War Soldiers45 minutes on the hour, space limited Guilford Preservation Alliance Green across from the St. George Church
1:00 – 5:00 Horse and Carriage RidesWagon Rides Allegra Farm Park StreetBoston Street
1:30   – 2:00 Meet scriptwriter Toby Armour Information Tent
2:00   – 2:30 Two Mini-plays:Uriah Parmelee and Hattie HawleyMusical Interlude Written by Toby ArmourResearched by Norman McLeod and Elizabeth Stevens, Directed by Kandie Carle.  Flute: Harold Shapiro 49 Park streetChristian Science Church
2:30   – 3:00 “Lincoln at Gettysburg” by Andrew Dabczynsky Adams Middle School Students in conjuction with Adams Middle School Concordia Stage on the Green
3:00   – 3:30 Two Mini-plays:John Brown and Toby TroutMusical Interlude John Brown- written & acted by NormanMarshall; Toby Trout- written by Toby Armour Researched by Tracy Tomaselli.  Directed by Kandie Carle.  Flute: Harold Shapiro 49 Park streetChristian Science Church
3:30 – 4:00 Period Music Skunk Misery Ramblers Stage on the Green
4:00 – 4:30 Two Mini-plays:Ward Benton and William NortonMusical Interlude Written by Toby Armour, Researched by Tracy Tomaselli, Directed by Kandie CarleFlute: Harold Shapiro 49 Park StreetChristian Science Church
4:30 – 5:15 Civil War songs “Balladeer” Tom Callinan Stage on the Green
5:30  – 7:00 Closing Concert:Heritage Choir of New Haven, Guilford High School Voices, Spare Parts Band, Polite Society Vintage Dancers, Connecticut Valley Field Music, soloist Mike Loomis Designed by New Haven Symphony Orchestra Conductor William Boughton Stage on the Green

Parking Information 

In addition to street parking, 3 free special parking lots will be available for the event:

Boston Street:

  • The Griswold House Museum at 171 Boston St
  • The Bethel Assembly of God Church at 243 Boston Street

Both of these lots are a short, 0.3 mile walk to the Green. Carriages and busses will also carry people to and from those lots.

Exit 58 Commuter Lots – There will be a shuttle bus that will run between the Green and these lots from 10:30 to 7 p.m.

Schedule and Venue Changes in Case of Rain:

Guilford and the Civil War will take place rain or shine, although some events will be moved to indoor venues immediately around the Green. In case of significant inclement weather:

  • The re-enactors will be on the Green as planned even in moderate rain.  Bring an umbrella and interact with them even in less than optimal conditions.
  • The plays will take place at the Christian Science Church at 49 Park Street on the Green as planned according to the schedule.
  • The short musical performances shown on the schedule between 12pm and 5pm, will be moved to the Congregational Church at the north end of the Green.
  • The final concert at 5:30pm will be moved to the Congregational Church at the north end of the Green.
  • The Dudley Farm Market will be cancelled.  The products and demonstrations will be held on other Saturdays at the Farm Museum at 2351 Durham Rd. in North Guilford during it’s regular hours: 9am to 12:30pm Saturdays beginning June 7th.
    • The Hyland House (84 Boston St) and Griswold House (171 Boston St.)   museums will be open as shown on the schedule.
    • The specialty foods prepared for the event will be on sale (along with many other food items) at the locations of the vendors which are listed below:
Salads, Homemade Ice Cream, cider and doughnuts, Kettle Corn Bishop’s Orchards 1355 Boston Post Road
Raw Bar Starfish Market 650 Village Walk,Boston Post Road
Johnny Cakes (pancakes) Sunny Side Up 33 Water Street(around the corner and behind the shops on the Green)
Pulled Pork SandwichesMacaroni and Cheese in a Cup Guilford Food Center 77 Whitfield Street (across from the Green)
Sandwiches and cookies Cilantro 85 Whitfield Street (across from the Green)
The Mad Gourmet andColors Cafe Soups, Coffee and Tea 2 Water Street
  • In addition, other restaurants on and around the Green and around Guilford have prepared special menu items its for this event.  Drop in – rain or shine.

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