I have been amazed at the aggressive addition of historic activities at Yankee Homecoming.
At a time that ‘Old Fashioned Sunday” as fun as it was yesterday had very little to do with old-fashioned Newburyport, the lineup of events and tours is quite impressive. I hope everyone had a chance to tour the Charles Bulfinch Superior Courthouse from 10:00 to 12:00. A short window of opportunity to view a building which has had such impact on our Nation!
Many of these heritage events are listed at the Yankee Homecoming website. While others announce them, the website actually tells you where to meet!
Some significant one’s to see are,
“History of Plum Island” to be held tonight at the Parker River Wildlife Headquarters at 7:00. We’ve lost a lot more than dunes on the island.
“African-Americans in the Newburyport 1800s” to be held Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. Don’t forget we were a ‘major’ station stop on the Underground Railroad.
“Walking Tour of Newburyport Civil War Sites”, Saturday, 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Huh!?!
Of course, there are guided tours by Ralph Ayers and cemetery tours by Ghlee Woodworth. Not to be missed!
A special one is the “Old Hill Burying Ground Gravestone Restoration Project” on Friday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM. A little slice of time well worth it as the demonstrators show how to combat the onslaught of time and vandals.
It is a little disturbing that the whole reason Yankee Homecoming is held at this time is because August 4th, is the date of the birth of the U.S. Coast Guard. A little hard to do when the festivities end August 1st! I miss Lord Timothy Dexter and his mock funeral. I would like to see more activities, mainstream and historic, that are uniquely about Newburyport.
We have quite a story to tell the visitors!