Wednesday, November 28, 2012
House open to public with special presentation on Dec. 2.
Springfield’s Historic Cannon Ball House, located at 126 Morris Ave., will be open on Dec. 2. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In celebration of the holiday season, the house will be decorated for the occasion in a manner appropriate to the year 1840. In addition, historical experts will discuss the origins of some Christmas traditions will be discussed. Also on display will be some of the letters written by local soldier Wellington Briant, describing his experience fighting for the Union army during the Civil War. This will be the last chance to view Wellington’s letters from 1862, before we replace them with his 1863 correspondence. So come visit us for a festive outing during which you can discover how the Cannon Ball House got its name! …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Springfield landmark celebrates sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history.
Springfield’s Historic Cannon Ball House, located at 126 Morris Ave., will again be part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. This year is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history. Fought on Sept. 17, 1862 this battle saw approximately 23,000 men killed or wounded from both the Union and the Confederacy. Among those mortally wounded was Captain Edward Wade, a resident of Millburn, then Springfield. In memory of Captain Wade, the Cannon Ball House will have a Civil War theme. On exhibit will be various belongings of Captain Wade, including his ceremonial sword, which will be on display at the house for the first time this year. An authentic …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Event memorializing anniversary of Battle of Springfield drew visitors from across the globe.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
This past weekend the Springfield Historical Society had a successful open house to commemorate the 132ndanniversary of the Battle of Springfield on June 23. Approximately forty members of the public visited the Cannon Ball House on Saturday. Among them were numerous residents of Springfield, as well as visitors who came from further afield, such as Johannesburg, South Africa. The house and its exhibits were also seen on private tours last week by a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a Daisy Girl Scout troop. The highlight of the open house was the special wedding exhibit. When the Springfield Historical Society initially came up with the idea for this exhibit, it consisted of just one outfit, the 1920’s wedding …