Re-enactors portray mariners from 1812 at the Hearthside this weekend

Re-enactors portray mariners from 1812 at the Hearthside this weekend

LINCOLN - Hearthside House, 677 Great Road, will host a unique living history event this weekend as it welcomes a group of re-enactors portraying mariners from 1812. The event takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11 to 4 p.m., with the last tour of the house given each day at 3 p.m. Admission is $8/adults; $6/seniors and military; 4/ages 10-17; free for ages under 10.

The encampment on the grounds of Hearthside will feature members of Free Men of the Sea, portraying American privateers of the War of 1812. Learn about the lifestyle of the period through their clothing, weapons and working tools of the warships used at that time. Some members of the USS Constitution¬?s 1812 Marine Guard will also be joining in the event.

A special exhibit in the house will feature navigational tools from that period. The connection of the first battle of the War of 1812 between the USS Constitution with the British ship, the Guerriere is also a focus of the exhibit. It was during that battle that the Guerriere's bell was taken and was later purchased by Stephen Hopkins Smith, builder of Hearthside, to hang in his factory on Great Road. That bell is now on exhibit at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. Guided tours of the house museum will be provided by docents in period attire.

A special performance by the U.S. Navy Band will take place on Saturday evening next door at Chase Farm Park. The concert, with free admission, begins at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Town of Lincoln.

For more information, call 401-726-0597 or www.hearthsidehouse.org .