Saturday is Grafton History Day, which means Grafton Common will be transported back in time to the Civil War era in celebration of the Grafton Town House’s 150th birthday and the rededication of the Civil War monument.
Featured events include:
10 a.m. Civil War Muster featuring the 13th MA Volunteers
11 a.m. Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church (Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU Choir)
1 p.m. Rededication of Civil War Monument
2 p.m. Concert at the UU Church (Youth Bands, Youth Solos and Jazz Quintet)
7 p.m. Costume Ball at Pleasant Valley Country Club to benefit the restoration of the Grafton Town House (by the way, check out this T&G story about a Grafton teen who made her own costume and read her blog about her Civil War-era sewing exploits).
Activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. around Grafton Common include the Grafton Garden Club Plant Sale and Raffle, the Grafton Historical Society Museum’s Warren Exhibit, an open house at the Unitarian Universalist Church, arts & crafts and vendors on the Common, children’s activities including a bounce house and pony rides, a sidewalk art show at the Grafton Public Library.
On Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Church will be rededicated in a ceremony honoring the life of its “Fighting Chaplain,” Rev. William G. Scandlin, who served as Chaplain of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War.
Scandlin’s great-great-granddaughter, Donna Scandlin, is expected to join UUSGU in rededicating the church, along with her husband, Rod Magson. The service will feature eight re-enactors who will read from original letters and diaries from the Civil War period. Following the 10am service the congregation will dedicate a Peace Pole on land between the church and One Grafton Common.
During Sunday’s service Rev. Scandlin will be portrayed by Thomas Connell, a member of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry reenactment group. Connell often portrays “The Fighting Chaplain,” in Civil War reenactments.