Friday, August 1 at 11:00 am

Stroll Back in Time: Life Along Main Street 150 Years Ago

StrollStockbridge will rewind to the 1860s on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as Main Street transforms into a bustling old New England village with historically accurate activities, debate, and chores of yore.

For four hours you will be able to step back to the time of the Civil War, with a chance to play croquet with hoop-skirted ladies or listen to a gentleman’s views on the Emancipation Proclamation.  A blacksmith will be forging horseshoes and the local storekeeper will help you choose among fabrics to be made up into the newest styles.  Children will have the chance to learn the rules for playing Graces or Marbles or perhaps to help with the laundry.  If you like music, the trio “Spare Parts” will provide live period music for those who want to tap their feet or dance a reel.

Visit these activities in any order you choose – Look for the balloons!

1. Blacksmith (Town Offices)
2. Grange Exhibit (next to Town Offices)
3. Band/Music (Library)
4. Textiles/Shopping (Williams Country Store)
5. Banking/Deposit Box (Berkshire Bank)
6. Newspapers/Library Building Critique (Red Lion Inn)
7. Telegraph (Scott House)
8. Needlework/Funeral Customs (Sedgwick House)
9. Croquet/Lemonade & Cookies (Merwin House, rear lawn)
10. Children’s Games (Old Town Hall)
11. Hymn Singing (Congregational Church)
12. Laundress (next to Mission House)
13. Herbs/Sachets (Mission House)
14. School Master (Austen Riggs Foundation)
15. Emancipation Speech/Puppets (St. Paul’s Church)
16. CivilWar Soldier/Bandage Making (St. Paul’s lawn)
17. Lincoln Reelection Campaign (Information Booth)
18. Photography (next to Information Booth)

Finish your day AND help celebrate the opening of the Library’s temporary home at the Ice Cream Social held at the Stockbridge Station from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Stockbridge Cultural Council

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