Hyde Hall's third annual Civil War Weekend will occur Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 at Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown.
The event is free and open to the public. Along with the 125th NY and 61st NY, the 124th NY group from Orange County will join the re-enactors as they camp at the foot of the historic landmark and prepare for the mock battle. John Aborn, marketing manager for Hyde Hall, said he estimates 30 to 40 re-enactors will be at the weekend event.
Along with the mock battle, visitors can expect to observe the re-enactors cooking over a fire, singing camp songs and performing soldier duties such as rifle cleaning, Aborn said. During the weekend, re-enactors may invite visitors to participate in camp activities, but for safety reasons, this does not include the mock battle. Aborn added that Hyde Hall's mansion tours are still running that weekend at regular cost; They are not part of Civil War weekend events.
“By developing a setting that’s more real and direct, it allows us to have an understanding of history that’s otherwise hard to grasp,” Aborn said. “Having that access to history in that way makes it far more accessible.”
To complement Civil War Weekend, the band Musicians of Ma'alwyck will perform songs from the Civil War and late 19th century in Hyde Hall Mansion on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $10 and are available for advance purchase at https://squareup.com/store/Hyde_Hall.
Director and violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, guitarist Sten Isachsen, flutist Norman Thibodeau and guest artists Tess McCarthy, and Charles F. Schwartz will present a program on American Civil War music, according to a media release by Hyde Hall.
The concert will pay tribute to the works of Stephen Foster, Septimus Winner, Meyerbeer, Flotow and Rossini. Tickets can also be bought at the door but Aborn said he advises people to buy beforehand because they are selling very quickly.
Aborn in an email exchange with The Daily Star said it's sometimes forgotten that New York, being a northern state, had soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
"In cooperation with the Glimmerglass State Park, Hyde Hall offers a spacious venue for a large encampment of many volunteer re-enactors," he said in the email. "This weekend is a way of honoring and recognizing the many achievements and sacrifices during a difficult time in American history."
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