Although many flock to Lexington and Concord for historical reenactments on Patriot’s Day, this year, north shore residents won’t have to travel so far. On Monday, April 16 from 1:00-3:00pm, the Museum of Old Newbury will host a Patriot’s Day celebration featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations with historical reenactors representing nearly 100 years of American history. Patriots of the Past offers opportunities to meet a minute man, practice marching to a Civil War drum, and learn about Newburyport’s involvement in the American Revolution and Civil War.
Local reenactors will help to bring the stories past patriots to life for the event. Featured reenactors include Mike Welch of West Newbury and Todd McGrath of Amesbury. Welch has been reenacting for over ten years and will portray a colonial militiaman. With an authentic costume and weaponry representing the Revolutionary era, Welch offers a glimpse of a soldier’s life during the struggle for American independence. Highlighting the American Civil War, McGrath will portray a drummer from the 17th Massachusetts, Company D. Visitors can learn about the responsibilities of Civil War drummers, and the many dangers that came with this important position. Young visitors will enjoy learning to march to the beat of the drum and exploring a Civil War tent and campsite.
Patriots of the Past is a free event, sponsored in part by a grant from the Institution for Savings. The event will take place outdoors at the Museum of Old Newbury, located at 98 High Street in Newburyport.