Hillsborough: The past lives again, and everybody has a good time.
Bob Brinck, an amateur geologist and flintknapper, chips away at arrowheads to form tools that have been used by man for thousands of years. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
Jackson Yeaton of Kittery, Maine, cleans his musket during the Hillsborough Living History Event. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
Jeffrey Mize and David Wood, both of Derry, are dressed as soldiers from the Civil War at the Hillsborough Living History Event. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
Verna James, a member of the Abbot-Downing Historical Society, peers through the organization’s Concord stage coach. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
Aiden, Akennah and Annekah Henry get to work on a tub full of laundry at the Living History Event in Hillsborough. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
“It's just important to be part of the community,” said Noreen McAloon, principal of the Hillsborough-Deering Elementary School.
Sitting at a table in the historic Hillsborough Center, a pristine village that was once center of life in town, and has maintained its historical beauty, McAloon was teaching people about the Jiffy-Way scale, an old-fashioned invention that helped people gauge the weight of eggs. McAloon said she enjoyed teaching different facets of history, but was also learning a thing or two.
“Today I learned how to churn butter,” she said. “I had no idea how they did that or even what a churn looked like.”
In another spot on the green, Selectman Russell Galpin was teaching young Sarah May Schultz, dressed in her Union soldier's uniform, how to set type and print with blocks — the method Galpin had used in his printing business for decades before the computer took over.
Around the village a surrey — with a fringe on top — was drawn by two horses named Molly and May, while a Betsy Ross re-enactor taught people how to sew an America flag.
A few miles away on Jones Road, folks were transported even further back in history as native tribes set up camp in oilskin tents, and soldiers from the French and Indian war took up arms.
Erich Steinhagen, a sculptor from Connecticut, made tiny pots from clay for a miniature tea set, while Kolton Williams and Caleb Bridges played checkers under a tent. Williams said he had been camping at Jones Road since Friday, and though the rain didn't bother him, the snoring from other tents kept him awake.
Ruby and Renee Archibald, sisters from Marlborough, wandered through the fields in the colonial costumes they created.
“It's fun to see everyone in costume,” said Renee.
“But the dresses are hot,” her sister said.
For Jackson Yeaton of Kittery, Maine, dressing up like a soldier from the French and Indian War and working all afternoon cleaning his musket is about the best way there is to spend a summer day.
“I love history, especially the Revolutionary war period,” he said. “That's where our roots lie as a people and as a country.”