Civil War Weekend coming to the Long Pond Ironworks

WEST MILFORD. Civil War reenactors are coming to the Long Pond Ironworks in September to demonstrate how the facility was used during that time.

Aug 02 2019 | 11:35 AM

The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks invite the public to join them Sept. 7-8 for the annual Civil War Living History Weekend.

The Civil War Weekend is co-hosted by the 6th New Hampshire Volunteers, one of the only regiments to fight in all theaters of the Civil War and return with their original regimental colors.

The 6th NH Volunteers will present programs of a soldier’s life throughout the weekend and give military firing demonstrations on Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Union camp will be open for visitors to tour.

Members of the 6th NH Volunteers are extremely knowledgeable about the Civil War and welcome visitors to speak to them during their visit.

A professional blacksmith will be onsite to demonstrate traditional techniques and tools to forge metal into period items, and will talk about the importance of blacksmithing to Long Pond Ironworks during the Civil War.

The Civil War Living History Weekend is open to the public Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 8th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A donation of $5 per adult and $1 per child is requested.All proceeds go toward restoration and interpretation at Long Pond Ironworks.

Volunteers will be available throughout the weekend to provide tours of the Historic District.

On Saturday evening, at 8 p.m,, the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks will offer a guided Candlelight Tour through the Historic District, giving tourists a rare glimpse of village life and Civil War military camps at night.

The tour will culminate with entertainment at the furnaces by the musicians of the 6th New Hampshire Volunteers as they perform period 19th Century music.

The 6th New Hampshire Contra-Band encourage the audience to join them in celebrating America’s musical heritage.