Hillsborough history, stitched in time, comes to life

  • The quilt shown will be on display at Hillsborough Center during the History Alive Days this weekend. Marian Baker, Lauren Gibson Chapin, Susan Shamel, Claudia Larkin and Sissi Shattuck made each of the quilt squares. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/14/2019 6:44:33 PM

In a state full of rich history, we tend to forget about the people that were here long before us and how they managed to survive without all of the convenient resources we have today.

The historic town of Hillsborough is one of the many small New England towns full of forgotten history. “History Alive” hopes to share the town’s past in order to see the difference in the lives people experienced years before us.

“Living History” ran for over 10 years before Marian Baker and several other history lovers decided to revamp Hillsborough’s historic celebration. Last fall, the planning for “History Alive” began and will now be coming to life.

On Saturday and Sunday, anyone is able to experience an abundance of activities in the small town of Hillsborough.

History Alive will aim to educate people on not just the wars that occurred in the past, but the lives of others who experienced them.

“We want for people to see the broader picture, not just about war, but about what everyday life was like for women, children, and slaves,” said Baker.

On Jones Road, the Revolutionary war, the French and Indian war, and the Civil War will be reenacted for all to see. There will also be gold panning offered next to the brook, all taking place between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

At Stonewall Farm Bed and Breakfast, Mary DesRosiers will be teaching traditional New Hampshire dances that were danced between the Revolutionary War and Civil War. People will be able to come learn dances that inspired the contra and square dance on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

On both Saturday and Sunday, at the Hillsborough Center on East Washington Road, vendors and activities will be offered throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Animals will be at the town pond, a blacksmith will be showcasing their talent, restoration of windows will be occurring and abolition and Civil War music will be playing.

People will be to learn how to make butter, cider, and ice cream. There will also be traditional games for children and adults to learn how to play.

The activities occurring at the Hillsborough Center will be able to show the community how life was in the past. With local businesses providing food and serving as vendors, everyone will be able to connect to the fascinating history of the town.

“We really want to be able to highlight the skills and resources in Hillsboro that we have downtown,” said Baker.

There will be a quilt featured with various images of historic parts of Hillsborough on it. A scavenger hunt will be offered to find all of the things and places featured on the quilt.

Tours of the historic town will also be given, and will be accommodating to those who are handicapped.

All of the activities are friendly for anyone of any age, and an incredible way for people to connect to the place they call home.

“When you find out what did people do in an area where you are now living, it’s just so fascinating how they survived when they didn’t have all of the things we have now,” said Baker.

All events for both days will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children, and free for children who attend Hillsboro schools and schools in immediate surrounding towns.

For more information, visit historyalive.org.

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