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Community Events sponsored by

Rowayton Historical Society


Close to Home:  Rowayton and the Civil War

February – October 2012

Exhibition at Rowayton Historical Society

A commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War,highlighting Rowayton and Norwalk’s participation in the war and its aftermath, including an exhibition, a Civil War lecture series, a memorial service and cemetery tour in Union Cemetery, and a Union encampment in Pinkney Park in September.  Come learn the fascinating stories about the more than 60 soldiers with connections to Rowayton while honoring the men and women who served their country during one of the most traumatic events in our nation’s history.



Civil War Encampment

Saturday, September 15, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pinkney Park, Rowayton

Soldiers from the 20th Connecticut and other Connecticut regiments will set up a Union camp in the park on the banks of the Five Mile River.  There will be activities for children and adults as well as food and music, and Civil War author Blaikie Hines will give a talk on “the life of a Union soldier.”  Children can sign up to be a “soldier for a day” and will receive a Union kepi and “musket”, practice drills, and enjoy a soldier’s meal.  To register and/or for more information, please contact the Rowayton Historical Society at



A Day in the Life of a Connecticut Soldier

Saturday, September 15, 3:00 pm

Pinkney Park, Rowayton

A talk by Blaikie Hines, author of Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut, at Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War encampment.  Part of Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War Lecture Series.



Preventing American Democracy’s Suicide:

Abraham Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and Saving the Nation

Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm

Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue

A talk by Steve Berizzi, history professor at Norwalk Community College.  Part of Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War Lecture Series.