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Peterboro Civil War Weekend observes Sesquicentennial

The weekend encampment demonstrates daily camp life, soldiers preparing for battle, the women's role in a men's war, proper undergarments for correct appearance (Great Grandma Wore a Corset) and many other collective and individual activities.

Shopping is available at the famous two-days-per-year General Store, at four sutlers (Barrancas Mercantile, Winterbourne Forge, Knowlton Woodworking, and Susquehanna Sutlery) and at the Peterboro Mercantile. Patrick Schroeder of Schroeder Publishing will be selling Civil War books at the General Store.

The General Store, the Peterboro United Methodist Church, Howard's Creamery, Ma and Pa Kettle Corn, The Spud Shack and Sweettrees Maple Products will provide a variety of foods for visitors all weekend, and the church is to serve a Pancake Breakfast at the Smithfield Community Center on Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m.

Exhibits will be open at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, the Peterboro Area Museum as well as the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum all weekend.

The Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend is an educational and fundraising event sponsored by the Town of Smithfield, the Smithfield Community Association, and private donors. The 12th U.S. Infantry hosts the military and domestic encampments. Proceeds from the event support the preservation and promotion of the heritage of the Town of Smithfield.

During the event, Peterboro relives the period of the mid 1800s when the hamlet held national recognition because of Gerrit Smith's Underground Railroad station, the visitations of famous abolitionists and the connection with John Brown that sparked the War Between the States. Peterboro sites are on the Heritage NY Underground Railroad Trail and on the National Park Service Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Trail. Saturday June 11 hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for children under six. Ten dollar admission to the to the special Civil War concert at 8 p.m. Saturday may be paid at the door. Parking is free. For more information, contact 684-9022 or visit civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org.

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