Guilford Turns its Town Green into 1860’s America

History came alive on the gorgeous spring day of May 31, 2014, when the Guilford Green was abuzz with stories, music, dance, theatre, horse-drawn carriages and more, channeling 1860’s America. “Guilford & The Civil War: A Day of Tribute” took place in honor of Guilford’s 375th Anniversary, commemorating the valiant soldiers who fought and gave their lives in America’s deadliest war, and recognizing as well the families and entire Guilford community who supported them on the homefront. Residents and neighbors near and far, of every age, gathered to learn about, participate in, and reflect on what Civil War Life in Guilford was like. They did so with the help of 30+ re-enactors from Company F, Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Guilford Preservation Alliance’s historical bus tours, Dudley Farm’s open-air market, playwright Toby Armour’s series of original 10-minute plays, dance performances and music designed by New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s William Boughton, and many more who earnestly devoted their time, skill, and talent to the festivities. Photos and credits follow (click on the first photo to start the slideshow).

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Guilford and the Civil War:  A Day of Tribute was made possible only because of the generous donations of the Guilford 375th Anniversary and Guilford and the Civil War sponsors, as well as the hundreds of volunteer hours of the Guilford and the Civil War Committee members.

Guilford 375th Anniversary Diamond Sponsors

Bishop’s Orchards
East River Energy
Guilford Savings Bank
Page Hardware & Appliance Company
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Guilford and the Civil War Sponsors

Anonymous Donor
Eric and Marna Borgstrom
Michael and Eva Brown
Guilford Foundation
Land Rover of Guilford
Drs. Roslyn and Jerome Meyer

Guilford and the Civil War Committee Members

The following men and women devoted their time, effort, and skills to provide the Town of Guilford, its residents, and their friends with a day they will long remember.

Toby Armour
Edie Brown, Co-Chair
William Boughton
Kandie Carle
Brian McGlone, Co-Chair
Tara Melvin
Pat Souney
Sandy Stoddard
Tracy Tomaselli

Additionally, many other people and organizations, too numerous to mention individually, provided assistance to the committee members.

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