IMPORTANT NOTICE – Due to construction in Barker Commons causing both parks to be closed from June-October, History Days will take place at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds this year! All events will be held in or around Floral Hall. We will be back in Barker Commons in 2022.
Turn an eye toward yesteryear on July 9 & 10, 2021 as the Village of Fredonia turns back the clock to celebrate the past with a variety of events for the annual Fredonia History Days – Yesterdays of Fredonia.
Friday, July 9th
5:00-8:00pm – Car/Bike Show, JJ’s BBQ Chicken & Pork Dinners, Fredonia Grange No. 1 Burgers and Hot Dogs, Craft & Antique Vendors and V-SYX performs.
Saturday, July 10th
10:00am – Women’s History Lecture by Traci Langworthy
11:00am – Michael Gerholdt performs
12:00pm – Civil War Lecture with Tom Place & Steve Teeft
1:00pm – Sean Patrick McGraw performs
2:45pm – Barker Museum Lecture by Maxwell Walters
3:45pm – FOMR Band performs (Set 1)
4:30pm – Fredonia History Lecture by Todd Langworthy
5:00pm – FOMR Band performs (Set 2)
10:00am-6:00pm – Craft and Antique Vendors
11:00am-5:00pm – JJ’s BBQ Chicken & Pork Dinners and also Hamburgers & Hot Dogs by Fredonia Grange No. 1
9:30pm – Candlelight Walking Tour of Pioneer Cemetery with Civil War Hero “Alonzo Cushing”
Take a step back in Fredonia’s past by taking a candlelight walking tour of Pioneer Cemetery with hometown Civil War hero Alonzo Cushing, portrayed by Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy. The tour will take place on Saturday July 10th, 2021 at 9:30 PM.
Cushing will take you on a walk into the past, visiting graves of important figures in history and sharing his personal stories of growing up in Fredonia in the middle of the 19th century. The tour will visit the graves of soldiers, community leaders and family members as Cushing speaks to tour members from his unique perspective as a resident from the past of Fredonia. Alonzo Cushing gained national fame in 2014 when he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama 151 years after giving his life in the line of duty at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Tickets for the tour benefit Fredonia History Days, which is a festival operated every year by Festivals Fredonia. Tickets are available for $5 per person and are available online only. The tour will be limited to the first 40 people purchasing tickets here. Tour members may wish to bring their own flashlight or lantern, as there is limited lighting in Pioneer Cemetery. The tour is suitable for all ages, but be advised that there are descriptions of battle situations that may not be appropriate for young children. Please use your discretion in purchasing tickets as there are no refunds. In the event of unsafe weather conditions, the tour rain date will be Friday July 16th. Please wear comfortable shoes for the tour and dress for being outside for up to an hour. Tour members are asked to not take any flash photos during the tour, as it may distract others and be unsafe. Cushing will be available for photos with your group at the end of the tour if desired. Tour members must remain with the group and not stray into the cemetery on their own. The cemetery is closed to the public after dark, with tour members given special permission by the Town of Pomfret to be in the cemetery after hours as long as they remain with the tour leader. Not following this rule will result in your removal from the tour. Purchasing your ticket acknowledges your acceptance of all the rules listed here.
Thank you for your support of Fredonia’s History and Festivals Fredonia! Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below.