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Peterboro Civil War Reenactment June 9 and 10

Oh we are SO going! We have been wanting to go for years! This year is very special, as it marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 20th anniversary of the Peterboro reenactment. This is from the website:

Peterboro had a pivotal role in the ignition of the Civil War because of Gerrit Smith, who was an influential leader in anti-slavery efforts – a movement that led to the Civil War. Smith’s support of John Brown caused a direct ignition of the Civil War.

For two decades the Peterboro encampment has demonstrated many aspects of military and civilian life in the mid-1800s. In recent years exhibits and programs on abolition and the Underground Railroad have been added. The committee plans to develop more programs in 2012 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

We are fond admirers of Gerrit Smith, and I have written extensively about his life, his brief stint in the Utica Insane Asylum, and more.

20th ANNUAL PETERBORO CIVIL WAR WEEKEND
Observing the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War

Saturday, June 9, 2012 10 am ~ 5 pm
Sunday, June 10, 2012 10 am ~ 4 pm
Adults $8 6-12 $3 Under 6 Free

Hamlet of Peterboro
Intersection of Oxbow Road, Peterboro Road, Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro NY 13134

Hard Times Come Again No More: America’s Heart Songs
Concert by 77th NY Regimental Balladeers
Saturday, June 9, 2012 8 pm
Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13035
Admission $10

This looks like a spectacular event. I’ll be posting our visit and blogging live from Facebook and Twitter!

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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