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Civil War Living History coming to Barrington Hall
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
October 24, 2012 02:23 PM | 2983 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The spacious grounds of Roswell’s historic Barrington Hall will be the setting for a Civil War Living History Day Nov. 3.

Visitors will step back into time with the Pulaski Battery reenactors, a Confederate light artillery unit.

“They will be bringing a cannon. Due to the close proximity of Alpharetta Street and Marietta Highway, they won’t be firing it, but they will be showing people how it works and drilling on the field,” said Bill Browning, special events coordinator at Barrington.

The activities, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., include some couples from the 1860s Civilian Society of Georgia performing dances from the Civil War era.

“Reverend Pratt,” the head of one of Roswell’s founding families and good friend of Roswell King, will speak from the back porch of Barrington Hall. There will also be food and a children’s activity area.

The vintage 1842 Barrington Hall, now a museum home owned by the city of Roswell, and its expansive lawns would seem a natural site for Civil War reenactments. But it’s only recently come to pass.

“We just started doing this last year,” Browning said.

The idea to hold the reenactments at the site came from Barrington Hall Site Director Robert Winebarger, who is familiar with reenactments from his tenure as the supervisor of museum operations at Stone Mountain Park.

For the first living history event last year around 150 visitors showed up. Browning said. The event in June of this year drew 250.

“We’re looking ahead now at 2014, which is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and corresponds to the occupation of Roswell in 1864,” Browning said. “Next year in May and November we’ll have a two-day encampment, and in 2014 it will be for three days.”

Admission to the Civil War Living History Day is free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Barrington Hall is at 535 Barrington Drive in Roswell. For more information, call (770) 640-3855.
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