On Saturday, a day of free historically themed events will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederate Gen. J.E.B Stuart's march into Rockville on his way to Gettysburg.
The event—Civil War Comes to Rockville—is part of a countywide celebration of history this weekend, the 2013 Montgomery Heritage Days.
Beall-Dawson Park103 W. Montgomery Avenue
- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—Montgomery County Historical Society will have reenactments of Civil War camp life, including historic reenactors and craft demonstrations. Dr. Stonestreet, a Civil War-era surgeon will hold "office hours."
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Songs, stories, mummers' plays and crafts for kids, provided by Washington Revels. Meet historic personae Abraham Lincoln, his secretary, John Nicolay, and Ann Maria Weems, an enslaved girl who excaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Join in a family sing-along at noon with Bruce Hutton and the Roustabout String Band.
- 2 p.m.—Federal City Brass Band Concert
- 10 a.m.—Lecture. “Changing America,” John W. Franklin, National Museum of African American History & Culture. Presented by Peerless Rockville.
- Noon—Lecture. “Emancipation Proclamation at 150,” by Scott Ackerman, President Lincoln’s Cottage. Performance by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Presented by Peerless Rockville.
- 2 p.m.—Lecture. “J.E.B. Stuart’s ‘Wild Ride’ through Montgomery County, June 1863,” by Robert C. Plumb, Historian.
- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.—Concerts by Washington Revels Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices, and Roustabout String Band.
- 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.—Civil War/Underground Railroad Walking Tours
- 3 p.m.—Reenactment of the June 28, 1863 arrival of J.E.B. Stuart in Rockville. Follow Stuart from Courthouse Square to Christ Episcopal Church to Beall-Dawson Park, as he rounds up Union-sympathizing citizens.
- 4 p.m.—Federal City Brass Band Concert
- 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Community Country Dance with Washington Revels Roustabout String Band and dance caller Janine Smith
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Screening of film, "Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War" in Meeting Room 1.