On Saturday and Sunday August 17th and 18th, the town of Hillsborough will turn back the clock to a pre-industrial America. Costumed interpreters will show what life was like in a small U.S. town in the 18th and 19th century. This two-day event, sponsored by the Hillsborough Historical Society, has something for everyone in the family.
In four historic sites in town, there will be activities throughout the day, such as demonstrations by a village blacksmith, a pewterer, and a falconer; musical offerings by a string band, a harpist, a flautist, and a traveling troubadour; and visits from special guests Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Abe Lincoln, and Ben Franklin.
Watch the battle re-enactments and hear the cannons fire on the village green. Help with the cider pressing or pottery making; see how ice cream was made; find out what housework was like before electricity. The Living History website has details of all the events that will be taking place.
Attendees will be able to travel around to the four sites of the Event in a horse-drawn carriage or an early mechanical trolley. Homemade 19th century era refreshments will be available.
Tickets are very reasonably priced and are valid for admission on both days of the festival; discounted tickets are available online until August 1st by clicking here. The hours for the 5th Annual Hillsborough Living History Event are: 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9AM to 4PM on Sunday.
(Photos courtesy of the Hillsborough Historical Society)