Experience history in Hillsborough this weekend
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent | August 14. 2014 10:16PM
Meet Gen. George Washington in Hillsborough this weekend at the 6th Annual Living History Event. It's filled with historical reenactments, costumed characters and hands-on activities as well as period food and music. A treat this year will be Dean Malissa who portrays General George Washington and is the official Mount Vernon's Washington. (Courtesy photo)
Mount Vernon’s portrayer
Besides portraying Washington at Mount Vernon, Malissa is seen as the Smithsonian, the National Constitution Center, Fort Ligonier, Colonial Williamsburg and the National Park Service at Valley Forge. He has also portrayed Washington in many films and documentaries including PBS’s “First Freedom — The Fight for Religious Liberty”.
Costume characters such as Betsy Ross, Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder will offer insight into their time in history.
Music will be provided by the 2nd Carolina String Band and the Cow Hampshire Folk Singers. 18th Century magicians will perform and period food will be served.
The Federal-style homestead of President Franklin Pierce is open for self-guided tours.
At 9 a.m., Washington will speak at the homestead, and at 10 a.m. he will dedicate a Mont Vernon tulip tree, transplanting a tree from one President’s home to another.
Special children’s hands-on activities include butter making, cider pressing, old fashioned laundry and rides will also be offered
The events will take place at Franklin Pierce’s homestead, Jones Road, historic Hillsborough Center and downtown Hillsborough.