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Experience the Past in Historic Hillsborough at the 3rd Annual Living History Event

Hillsborough, NH- Discover Hillsborough’s beautiful, historic hidden gems at the 2011 Living History Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. The Hillsborough Historical Society and the Living History Event Committee host this two-day event.

“This is the third year the Hillsborough Historical Society has hosted the Living History Event. Visitors in costume receive special privileges,” said marketing director Trim Hahn. “Come experience history as it is meant to be experienced — hands on, educational, and fun.”

One ticket for a low price gets you into both days and four action packed sites – Hillsborough Downtown, the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, Jones Road, and historic Hillsborough Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for youth (6-17 years) and free for children five and under. They may be purchased online for a discount until August 15. Tickets will be available at all locations the day of the event.

At the Hillsborough Downtown site, guests will be able to visit Hillsborough’s Heritage Museum on Central Street, the Open Air Farmer’s Market and Artisan’s Fair, as well as the Hillsborough Bridge History and the Contoocook River walking tours. Special guest Margaret Hagen, from WMUR, will give a special talk on “Mark Twain Era Herbs and Their Uses.” Don’t forget to grab a slice of homemade pie!

At the President Franklin Pierce Homestead visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy special guest Eric Rotsinger, a living historian and relative of Samuel Clemens, as he relives “Samuel Clemens Presents Mark Twain,” or listen to harpist Sharon Dowling, learn about canvas stenciling and floorcloths demonstrations, attend Mme. Dobrowolski’s School of Deportment for Young Ladies and Gentlemen, tour the Homestead, go on an outside the Homestead walking tour or participate in children’s old fashioned play. Ongoing events will include hand quilting, felting, spinning and weaving.

The Jones Road site, near the 19th century Carr stone arch bridge, will provide a backdrop during the French and Indian Battle re-enactments. The Civil War will also be a main theme for activities at this location as there will be a period dress parade and Cavalry mounted drills. Visitors can also become a prospector and pan for gold, visit with the New Hampshire School of Falconry or enjoy old fashioned fiddling, Native American basketry, learn to speak a little Abenaki, watch a Native American mural being painted on site, or go on a field and stream scavenger hunt while hunting for native aquatic and plant life. Ongoing activities include spinning, lace making, blacksmithing, fiddle playing, cooking, cannon and musket demonstrations and kids’ games. The historically popular stone arch bridge tour by trolley showcases these beautiful bridges, which along with the Cog Railway are New Hampshire’s only two historic engineering landmarks. Popular food from the time period will also be available throughout the day.

Historic Hillsborough Center, often described as one of the most pristine 1800’s village centers in the state, will have horse and buggy rides, The American Theater Magic Lantern Show will present “The Civil War,” a cemetery tour with Christina Chadwick, a center walking tour with Margaret Seymour and the music of Jeff Warner, “Songs of Old New Hampshire.” Visitors will also be able to participate in an 1850 lesson with teacher Miss Brown at the schoolhouse or listen to a historical story or poem. All day on Saturday Jon Gibson will be pewter casting. Some of the ongoing events include a cider press, weaving, sewing a flag and seeing a Concord Coach on display.

The town was just chosen as New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of New Hampshire 2011 Historic Community on the Rise.

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