TOWNSEND – The Townsend Historical Society will host an Open House and Minuteman Camp on Saturday to celebrate the history of the War of Independence.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event will include tours of the Reed property at 72 Main Street, home cooking and craft demonstrations.
The docents will lead guests through their Federal Era dwelling, well known for its Rufus Porter murals. Many farm animals will be present on site for your greatest pleasure.
Volunteer reenactors will set up camp, conduct military exercises and fire muskets throughout the day. Civilians from the same period will demonstrate period crafts such as candle dipping, writing, toys and games.
Visitors will also be offered a rare glimpse of the cooking on the hearth and beehive oven as the chefs prepare a demonstration of a midday meal in the in-house kitchen.
Admission to the Open House is by donation and the organization encourages anyone interested to join the Townsend Historical Society. Parking for the event is available in the side yard or in the parking lot of the nearby Townsend Harbor Church.
The event will take place rain or shine and visitors are requested to organize themselves accordingly. Walk-in people are welcome, but registration is encouraged in advance through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/jcxb3x6w.
Masks are compulsory for visits and indoor demonstrations. If you have any questions, contact the Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2106 or by email at [email protected] The company is also online at townsendhistoricalsociety.org.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Townsend Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.