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July 26, 2013

Homecoming offering lots of historical lectures, tours this year

Yankee Homecoming abounds with history walking tours, lectures


Sunday, noon — “Bartlet Mall.” Historians will discuss the Superior Court building, the oldest regularly operating courthouse in the U.S. Visit the courtroom and learn about the history.

Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. — “History Tours of St. Paul’s Church. Tours are on the half hour as guides in period Colonial garb escort visitors back through the past.

Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. — “Memories of Plum Island Camp Sea Haven.” A film will be screened at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Plum Island that focuses on the summer camp used from the ’40s through the ’80s by youngsters with polio and other ailments. The first reunion of counselors and campers will take place Sunday afternoon at the Newbury Fire Department Hall.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 11:30 p.m. — “Food and History.” Guides Woodworth and Patrick Halloran will take guests along a historical trail while sampling food from local vendors.

Wednesday, 7 to 8 p.m. — slide show in program room of local library, 94 State St. Woodworth will take guests on a visual tour along the Clipper Heritage Trail, including “visits” to cemeteries that hold much local history.

Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon — Cemetery Crawl. Visitors will join Woodworth on a tour and discussion of past lives in selected cemeteries.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. — Plum Island Lighthouse Tour. This is a tour of the lighthouse at the northern tip of Plum Island from where Salisbury and the Isle of Shoals can be seen. The present Plum Island Lighthouse was first lighted in September 1898.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. — Plum Island clam plant open house. The shellfish purification plan is the oldest operating such facility in the country, and one of just five in the U.S. It is celebrating its 83rd year in operation.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 to 11 a.m., First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, side entrance, Unicorn Street — “Stories from Historic Houses.” Historian Linda Tulley will talk about legendary stories from some old local homes.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and also 5 to 6:30 p.m. — “Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour.” Authors William and Elizabeth Hallett lead a 90-minute walking tour focusing on sites from the community’s Civil War history.

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