1865 BASKET PICNIC

LIVING HISTORY 1865: EGREMONT HOSTS BASKET PICNIC WITH PERIOD ACTORS AND
THE 15th MASS. VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

The Friends of Egremont History hosted an “1865 Basket Picnic,” with local citizens portraying many of the Egremont residents who lived here then or served in the Civil War, on Sunday, July 19, on and surrounding the Village Green of South Egremont.

Joined by the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, a group of professional reenactors, the “Egremont soldiers” met at the Village Green to reenact an 1865 ceremony to honor their service at the end of the Civil War. The soldiers were welcomed back from the war and saluted by name by “Selectman Seymour B. Dewey.” The Official Egremont Celebration of the end of the Civil War took place on the Village Green in the afternoon, with songs, poems, a keynote address, and a drill by the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Taps closed the ceremony.

Visitors brought picnic baskets and enjoyed the music of the Blue Ribbon Trio fiddlers and Dave Dempsey & Dick Vincent. Strolling on the green, visitors met Civil War soldiers, the neighbors, and other special guests through the old village. Many costumed “citizens of Egremont 1865” (pictured on this page) had stories to tell about their life and experiences.

The 1865 Basket Picnic is presented by the Friends of Egremont History, and co-sponsored by the Town of Egremont, the Egremont Historical Commission, and the Alford-Egremont Cultural Council. This event is free and open to the public. Find more details at the Friends of Egremont History Facebook page.

PHOTOS ABOVE COURTESY OF GARY LEVEILLE

PHOTOS ABOVE COURTESY OF GARY LEVEILLE

PHOTOS ABOVE COURTESY OF GARY LEVEILLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY LEVEILLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY LEVEILLE