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Attractions added for Boonesborough Days

September 07, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

BOONSBORO - The day after the Battle of South Mountain, on their way to the bloodiest single-day battle in American history at Antietam, some members of the Federal cavalry chased the Confederate's Northern Virginia rear guard through Boonsboro.

Skirmishes ensued.

People attending the 35th annual Boonesborough Days this weekend will have an opportunity to learn about that bit of the town's history and more.

South Mountain State Battlefield will help the Boonsboro Historical Society celebrate Boonesborough Days by providing living history demonstrations at Washington Monument State Park, about four miles east of town.

Also helping out this year by providing entertainment, activities and demonstrations are the Friends of Fort Frederick, Tri-State Astronomers and master gardeners with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

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Boonesborough Days usually has good attendance, but the sponsoring Boonsboro Historical Society wanted to add some attractions to draw more people and generate more interest in Boonsboro's history, says Wanda Heuer, the society's president. Organizers estimate the festival usually draws 10,000 people.

Trolley rides will be provided to take visitors from parking at the Boonsboro School Complex to Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro and from Shafer Memorial Park to the state park. Riders can listen to recordings about the history of Boonsboro and the Battle of South Mountain during the short trips between the two parks, says Al Preston, assistant manager of South Mountain Recreation Area.

The Civil War living history demonstrations include artillery and tactical demonstrations, and what life was like for soldiers in camp, Preston says.

A display of Civil War artifacts and relics from South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association will be shown at Shafer Memorial Park.

The Federal City Brass Band, based in Baltimore, will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in Shafer Memorial Park. Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will pass a hat for donations to help support the nonprofit group that supplies interpretive materials and displays for the battlefield, Preston says.

Representing an earlier time in the nation's history, Friends of Fort Frederick will host an 18th-century camp at Shafer Memorial with re-enactors showing what military and civilian life was like during that time period.

Colonial games for children will be available along with pony rides, sand art, fake tattoos and the park's playground.

Also at Shafer Memorial Park, Tri-State Astronomers will have a presentation, and master gardeners will hold a plant clinic to help people with their yard and garden questions.

Boonesborough Days also will have its regular features, including more than 150 juried early American arts, crafts and antiques vendors, food vendors, and an antique car show - all at Shafer Memorial Park.




Schedule



Except for Federal City Brass Band concert, events take place at Washington Monument State Park.

Saturday, Sept. 9:

8 a.m. - South Mountain State Battlefield Park opens

9 a.m. - Walking tour to Washington Monument

10 a.m. - Artillery demonstration

11 a.m. - Infantry program, 17th Michigan

Noon - Camp life/U.S. Christian Commission

1 p.m. - Artillery demonstration

2 p.m. - Walking tour to Washington Monument

4 p.m. - Federal City Brass Band benefit concert at Shafer Memorial Park

Sunday, Sept. 10:

8 a.m. - South Mountain State Battlefield Park opens

9 a.m. - Walking tour to Washington Monument

10 a.m. - Artillery demonstration

11 a.m. - Infantry program, 17th Michigan

Noon - Camp life/U.S. Christian Commission

1 p.m. - Walking tour to Washington Monument




If you go ...



WHAT: 35th annual Boonesborough Days

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10

WHERE: Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro and Washington Monument State Park, about four miles east of Boonsboro off Alt. U.S. 40

COST: Free admission

MORE: Visitors can park at the Boonsboro School Complex, where they can take a 50-cent trolley ride to Shafer Memorial Park. Free trolley rides will be provided between Shafer Memorial Park and Washington Monument State Park.

Trolley rides between the parks start about 9 a.m. with the last ride from Washington Monument State Park at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Boonsboro Historical Society at 301-432-5889.

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