Love history?! Love horses!? Then don’t miss Simsbury Heritage Day at the Simsbury Historical Society! On Oct 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Revolutionary War Second Continental Light Dragoons (“Sheldon’s Horse”) will offer a chance to experience the life of a common cavalry soldier. As a part of Simsbury Heritage Day, the Dragoons will present history as it should be experienced – Live!
Sheldon’s Light Dragoons “strives to impart to the public an understanding of the sacrifices made by past Americans and the conditions under which they lived.” Their hope is to convey an authentic sense of this period while instilling a sense of pride in our citizens. During the course of the day, they will present sword drills, dismounted Dragoon drills, mounted exercise drills, and crossed sabers cavalry demonstrations.
Children can participate in period games and take part in drilling. Tours of the Phelps Tavern, the 1790 School House, the 1683 replica Meeting House and 19th century Ensign-Bickford fuse-making equipment will be offered during the event.
Veterans are encouraged to participate in the Libation Service to be conducted by the unit at 1:00 pm in the Simsbury Center Cemetery. This memorial service will be conducted in honor of those who have died serving our country.
The original Second Continental Light Dragoons had Simsbury connections; 24 men from Simsbury served in Sheldon’s Horse. During the winter of 1780, a regiment of the Second Dragoons withdrew from the front in Westchester, NY to Simsbury and Windsor for winter quarters.
Kane’s Market will provide food and other Simsbury Heritage groups be presenting their ties to Simsbury’s history during this family-friendly event.
Suggested donation is $5.00. The event will be on the grounds of the Simsbury Historical Society at 800 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. For more information, please call 860-658-2500 or see www.SimsburyHistory.org