Living History Weekend, candle lantern tours at Long Pond Ironworks

| 27 Sep 2012 | 12:29

    — The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks (FOLPI) invite the public to join them on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, 2012 for the annual Civil War Living History Weekend. This year's program will provide hourly camp life and military demonstrations by Union reenactors.
    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 Union camp will be open for visitors to tour; the reenactors will give ongoing demonstrations of military drills, a day in the life of a soldier, and talks on various aspects of the war and soldering throughout the weekend.
    The Civil War Living History Weekend is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A donation of $5 per adult and $1 per child is requested. All proceeds go toward restoration and interpretation at Long Pond Ironworks. FOLPI volunteers will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions about and provide informal tours of the Historic District. Additionally, a special exhibit of artifacts will be on display in the Visitors Center during the weekend.
    On Saturday evening, The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks will offer guided Candlelight Tours through the Historic District, giving tourists a rare glimpse of village life and Civil War military camps at night. Each 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 Musical Minstrels encourage the audience to join them in celebrating America’s musical heritage.
    A family tour will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Children under 12 years of age will not be admitted. An adult only tour will be offered at 9 p.m. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
    To make a reservation, leave your name, tour time, number of tickets, and telephone number on the FOLPI information line at 973-657-1688. Reservations will be confirmed.
    For more information about the Candle Lantern Tours and other programs by the Long Pond Ironworks, go to
    For more information on the 6th New Hampshire volunteers, go to