Living History Event, Historic Hillsborough, NH
August 15 & 16, 2015
Thomas Jefferson is coming this summer!
Thomas Jefferson impersonator, historian, and motivational speaker Steven Edenbo has entertained and inspired audiences of all ages since 1999. Steve has researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello’s International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va. He appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C., and at Independence Hall and the Declaration House (The Jacob Graff House) in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia. photo credit:Karla Korn excerpt taken from www.yourthomasjefferson.com
You step through a time warp the minute you drive over the antique stone bridge on Jones Road.
2nd South Carolina String Band
The 2nd South Carolina String Band plays the songs and music that moved the American people of the early and mid-eighteen hundreds. They play the music that was in the hearts and minds and on the tongues of the citizen-soldiers that made up the ranks of the armies of the North and the South as they marched off to take part in the cataclysmic struggle that was to become the defining event of our nation’s history.
excerpt from www.civilwarband.com
Laura Ingalls Wilder will be back with us again!
Hands on Cider Pressing
Churning Butter - then Eating It!
What is the Living History Event?
An action packed 2 day, 4 location event in Scenic & Historic Hillsborough, NH
The Living History Event is a weekend of stepping back in time in convincingly historic locations.
On the Jones Road fields, after crossing over a dry set historic stone bridge, stroll through early military encampments, witness historic battles, with mounted cavalry, and cannons roaring!
Children and adults alike will have access to many hands-on activities. Come and watch the making of maple syrup, apple cider, cooking on an old wood-fired cook stove, try your hand at the butter and ice cream churns, soap-making, old-fashioned laundry and ironing, pan for real gold, throw a pot on a wheel, assist a blacksmith, spend some time watching young ladies spin their wool, meet birds of prey up close, sit for tea, learn the Minuet!
And this year, our 7th, we are thrilled to have Thomas Jefferson authentically portrayed by Steve Edenbo, Louisa May Alcott portrayed by an artful Marianne Donnelly and Daniel Webster via Jim Cooke. Once again, among us will be Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by the talented Melanie Stringer. And two return favorites: Mr. Bayly—our 18th Century Magician, and Tom Hanford and his Chimney-side Tales and a special parade led by the Traveling Troubadour!!
Sit in on a class with Miss Brown in the one-room 1840 schoolhouse. Learn the art of traditional social deportment while taking afternoon tea and gingerbread with Miss Regina, learn the minuet or how to stitch a simple sampler. Or the handcrafts of quill & ink or cornhusk dolls. Take in the history of lighting and the telephone. Visit the local historic Center Church. See what you can do with some beautiful old woodworking tools. Enjoy period music, games, magician, stories, costumes, handiwork and food.
Buy Your Tickets Online Now!
It’s easy! Purchase your tickets through Paypal’s secure site (you don’t need a Paypal account) and bring your Paypal receipt with you to the event.
George Washington was so real he gave me goose bumps! And his talk was fascinating!
August 15 & 16, 2015
Tickets are available online through August 13.
Advanced tickets can also be purchased at Sweet Expressions, Main St, Downtown Hillsborough.
Tickets will be available the day of the event at all locations.
Cash only at most locations.
You can begin your day at any location.
Adults (18+) $10
Seniors (62+) $8
6 – 17 years $5
5 and under FREE
FREE admission for all Hillsborough, Deering, Windsor, and Washington public, private and home-schooled students with school or parent id
Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday and get you into absolutely everything!
Hours: Saturday 9-5 Sunday 9-4
When you purchase your tickets online please print out your PayPal receipt and bring that with you to the event.
How do I get from site to site?
There are 2 trollies that travel between the 4 sites. You may park your car at any of the sites and travel by trolley while enjoying the scenery. Besides the trolley, for your convenience, we also have a 16 passenger van we will be using while the trolley is off line and serving the needs of guests who are taking the Stone Arch Bridge Tours. If you are looking for a ride, look for a white Youth Services van at the various sites as well as the trolley to take you to the next site.
Gratuities for the driver(s) are welcome.
Where can I find a costume?
We have a limited number of costumes for local people and people involved in the event to borrow.
Please contact Ellie Harbour at 603-464-2592.
There are mop hats and tricorn hats for sale at the event for kids and adults who feel the spirit.
For custom costumes call The Sewing Sisters at 617-504-8024.
Are pets welcome?
There will be war re-enactment horses, and many children at this event, so for the safety of your pet and others, we ask that pets remain at home.
Are the sites handicapped accessible?
Handicapped parking spaces will be available at each site, permits are required for all handicapped parking. Some areas are more accessible than others; many demonstrations will be held in grassy field areas. Handicapped accessible bathrooms are available at all sites.
The Money Questions
Credit Cards are accepted at only the Franklin Pierce Homestead. Most site greeting stations, food concessions, and vendors accept only cash.
You can find ATM machines at the following banks –
Santander Bank ◦ 53 West Main St
Bank of NH ◦ 325 West Main St
Lake Sunapee ◦ 15 Antrim Rd
TD Bank ◦ 11 School St (behind the bank)
Parking is offered at all sites. You are welcome to drive and park at each site. If space is not available at the site, you may be directed to the next site or to downtown parking areas. Feel free to park and hop on the Trolley.
Where the heck is Hillsborough?
Jones Rd – 44 Jones Rd, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Franklin Pierce Homestead – 301 2nd NH Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Hillsborough Historic Center – 18 E. Washington Rd, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Downtown – 5 Center St, Hillsborough, NH 03244
This event has a wonderful homegrown feel!
LHE Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote awareness of the history and tourism opportunities in the Town of Hillsborough and the State of NH in a way that not only helps our local businesses succeed, but also showcases the best of our community by using educational and historical opportunities so that we bridge together all ages, community organizations, and town interests around this unique event – Living History!