Events planned for Battle of Stonington's 200th anniversary

The Stonington Historical Society has announced a list of upcoming activities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Stonington. They are as follows:

Aug. 2: The historical society's booth at the Stonington Community Center's Village Fair from 11 am to 4 p.m. at Wadawanuck Square will featuring bicentennial items and books about the Battle of Stonington. The event is free.

Aug. 8: Preview of the Stonington battle flag at the Woolworth Library and Research Center, with a reception at the Captain Palmer House. Jim Geary, the author of "Our Flag is Still Here: The Story of Stonington's Star-Spangled Banner - A Scrapbook History, will be on hand to sign copies and talk about the flag. A donation is suggested. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 9:

9 a.m. to noon: U.S. Post Office cancellation session with commemorative cachets designed by philatelist Alan Bentz from 9 a.m. to noon at Dime Bank.

10 to 4 p.m.: The battle flag will be exhibited at the Woolworth Library & Research Center. Mystic Seaport will display artifacts relating to the War of 1812 with Seaport curator Fred Calabretta on hand to discuss them. Admission is free.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Mystic Whaler, will offer one-hour narrated cruises throughout the day from the dock at New England Science & Sailing. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Old Lighthouse Museum, which overlooks battle sites, is open to visitors. Admission charged.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Battle-themed walking tours depart from the Old Lighthouse Museum. $10 for adults and $5 for students under 21.

1 to 4 p.m.: Tours of the Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer House, 40 Palmer Street. Palmer was a blockade runner at age 14 during the War of 1812 and the American discoverer of Antarctica in 1820.

2 to 3 p.m.: Commemoration of British midshipman Thomas Barratt Powers who was killed in action days before the Battle of Stonington, Stonington Cemetery, 345 North Main Street:

6 p.m.: Dinner cruise aboard the Mystic Whaler with James Tertius de Kay, author of The Battle of Stonington: Torpedoes, Submarines and Rockets in the War of 1812. New England Science & Sailing dock. Tickets are $150 per person.

Time to be announced: The Newport Artillery Company (one of the oldest militia units in the United States, established in 1741) will fire its historic brass cannons, made by Paul Revere, at the Old Lighthouse Museum. Free.

Aug. 10

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Lighthouse Museum open.

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Battle-themed walking tours depart from the Old Lighthouse Museum.

10 a.m.: 1812 Military Encampment opens on the grounds of the Old Lighthouse Museum .

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tea tent at the Old Lighthouse Museum with early American refreshments and bake sale.

Noon to 4 p.m., La Grua Center. Exhibit: "Sixteen Stars, Sixteen Stripes: A Celebration of the Battle of 1814." Free.

1:30 p.m.: Parade through the borough.

3 p.m. Commemorative observance, with remarks by Governor Malloy and other officials at Wadawanuck Square.

4:30 p.m.: Geoff Kaufman, balladeer and historical interpreter, presents "Huzza for Home," a dramatic telling of the ordeal of Benjamin Palmer, an imprisoned Stonington privateersman. Tickets for the La Grua Center event are $5 adults; $2 for children under 12.

Aug. 21: Alan Burghardt will give a program on ships of the 1812 era, illustrated by a number of his own models, including the Hero, which was part of the 1812-14 blockade-running fleet out of Mystic and later became Nathaniel Palmer's ship when he discovered Antarctica in 1820.


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