Free Civil War Event

19th century style poster advertising free Civil War event at the park


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News Release Date: June 27, 2017

Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105

What would it be like to travel back to New Bedford during the time of the Civil War. Find on Sunday, July 2nd, from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, when New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will be hosting a Civil War Living History Day at Custom House Square in downtown New Bedford. This event is being offered in partnership with the New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Board, the Freetown Historical Society, and Carl Cruz of the New Bedford Historical Society.
The day will begin at the park visitor center with a ceremonial raising of a Civil War era flag on the Visitor Center grounds. From there the day will continue in Custom House Square, where a Civil War Lieutenant’s tent will be on display with artifacts from the time period. The Medals of Honor of Sergeant William Carney (New Bedford) and Major John Deane (Freetown) will also be on display for public viewing. Ruth and Abby, the park’s 1850s ladies will be providing lemonade and snacks, and there will be a recruiting station for the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, where young guests can enlist to serve in the unit. Civil War reenactors will also be around to answer any questions visitors may have about what it was like to be a soldier during this time period. The day will culminate with the ceremonial retiring of the Civil War flag at 3:00 PM at the park Visitor Center. Feel free to drop by at anytime between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM to explore, interact, and learn about this pivotal moment in American history and New Bedford’s involvement in the war.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to or visit the park’s Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at
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Last updated: June 27, 2017

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