The Stewards of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will be hosting sites on the newly acquired estate. The Gerrit Smith Land Office, which is nearing completion of its Heritage NY site development, will be open.
"Journey to the North: New York's Freedom Trail," an Underground Railroad exhibit will be featured at The Lodge. This exhibition was developed for the New York State Historical Association by students in the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies with support from the New York Council for the Humanities and Heritage New York. At The Barn, Denise and Rod Richer will provide an antique tool display.
Throughout the Civil War Weekend the Civil War Heritage Foundation will have rows of tents with military and civilian portrayals of generals, officers, enlisted men, politicians, musicians, doctors, nurses, and children. All day long demonstrations at the annual event show how soldiers lived in camp and prepared for battle.
A skirmish is held both days at 2 p.m. Ladies of the camps will demonstrate the tasks of daily life in the mid 19th Century. Daughters of the Union Veterans, Sons of the Union Veterans, and Revolutionary War re-enactors are among the groups that will set up for the weekend.
Ghost Seekers of CNY joins the activities for this first time this year. Especially for children, there are period games all weekend and military activities on the green at 12:30 both days. Period crafters and Civil War Round Tables will set up. Historical shopping is provided by large sutler tents filled with merchandise that the merchants following the troops would have provided.
The Peterboro Area Museum is open both days on the east side of the green. The Peterboro United Methodist Church will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage again and Howards' Creamery will be hand dipping ice cream. The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department Chicken Barbeque begins at noon on Saturday. Ma & Pa's Kettle Corn will also be opening The Spud Shack.