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Peterboro Prepares for Sesquicentennial of the Civil War

posted Apr 27, 2011, 6:16 PM by Steven Joeckel   [ updated Apr 27, 2011, 6:17 PM ]
1861 marked the beginning of the American Civil War. The 19th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend Committee plans to include programs that reflect the 150th anniversary of that conflict. Among the plans in the works: President Lincoln will share his thoughts and feelings upon his March 4 inauguration, a relative of Edmund Ruffin (the man who fired the first shot at Fort Sumter) will share that history, and the Saturday evening concert will include references to 1861. The annual event will be held in Peterboro Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2011.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend is an educational and fundraising event sponsored by the Town of Smithfield, the Smithfield Community Association, and private donors. 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 for the event are 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, June 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6 – 12, and free for children under 6. Admission to the to the special Civil War concert at 8 p.m. may be paid at the door. Parking is free. For more information contact 315-684-9022 and


Jordan Presents Fashion
Terry Jordan, a sutler at Peterboro’s annual Civil War Weekends, presents a program on 19th Century fashion during the 2010 Civil War Weekend. The 19th Annual Civil War Weekend is June 11 and 12, 2011.

CWW 10 Skirmish Prep
Reenactors at the 2010 Peterboro Civil War Weekend prepare for the 2:00 p.m. skirmish held on Saturday and Sunday of the annual event.

CWW 10 Military Encampment
Military and civilian reenactors carry on daily activities on the green in Peterboro at the Civil War Weekend event in 2010.