Living History Day planning gets under way in Cherryfield

Posted April 28, 2010, at 7:49 p.m.

CHERRYFIELD, Maine — The Cherryfield-Narraguagus Historical Society will present Living History Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the grounds of the historic Gen. Alexander Campbell house on Route 1, opposite the town office.

Demonstrations, displays and activities will take visitors back to the days when much of what a family needed they had to make for themselves — grind the flour, smoke the meat, dry the fish, churn the butter, weave the cloth, spin the wool.

Company B of the 20th Regiment Maine Volunteers will set up an encampment at Living History Day where visitors can observe 1860s camp life and interact with Company B Civil War Union soldiers. Company B participates annually in national re-enactments, and some members were in the film “Gettysburg.”

Company B’s encampment will include a cook tent and sutlery for an authentic experience of life 150 years ago. A highlight of the day will be the noon march of the soldiers to Pine Grove Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Cherryfield’s own Civil War Gen. Hiram Burnham, killed at the Battle of Chapin’s Farm, Va., on Sept. 29, 1864, while leading his troops in battle.

The historical society invites area craftspeople to demonstrate their skills at Living History Day. Local groups that would like to have a food booth are invited to submit a request.

To sign up or for information contact Pat Olsen at 546-3720 or pat@olsenglobal.com.

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