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December 8, 2013 Open House

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM



Holiday Open House at the Historic Cannon Ball House (CBH) – Text by Ryan Olsen

 

            Springfield’s Historic Cannon Ball House, located at 126 Morris Ave., will be open on December 8th from two to four.  In celebration of the holiday season, the house will be decorated for the occasion, c. 1840, and the origins of some Christmas traditions will be discussed.  Refreshments will also be on hand for visitors to enjoy. 

Also on display will be some of the Civil War letters of Wellington Briant, describing attempts by the Union army to capture Charleston, South Carolina.  Two of these letters contain references to the 54th Massachusetts, the African American regiment depicted in the film Glory.  This will be the last chance to view Wellington’s letters from 1863, before we replace them with his 1864 correspondence.  So come visit us for a festive outing during which you can discover how the Cannon Ball House got its name!

 

Hours: Sunday, December 8th from 2 to 4.

House Admission: $2 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

For more information call (973) 376 4784.

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Choose Your War at the Historic Cannon Ball House

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM


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 the 19th and 20th of October.
This Springfield landmark dates from the 18th century and its name derives from a
cannon ball that lodged in the structure during the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the
house can view this missive and other artifacts from the battle of Springfield.
This year is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg, the “high
water mark” of the Confederacy. Over the weekend, a power point presentation will be
shown examining how this battle came about and was fought. An interesting aspect of
the presentation will be the inclusion of the experiences of William and Wesley Culp,
ancestors of the docent who has created this power point. Both Culps fought at the battle
of Gettysburg, but for different sides!
If that is not enough about the Civil War, there are the continuing adventures of
Wellington Briant on exhibit. This year’s letters, chronicling 1863, describe
Wellington’s promotion to clerk and involvement in attempts to capture Charleston,
South Carolina. His letters also feature references to the 54th Massachusetts, the African
American regiment depicted in the film Glory.
Meanwhile, outside there will be re-enactors for the entire weekend, but the war
they will be representing shall be different each day. On Saturday they will be depicting
the Civil War and then the Revolutionary War on Sunday. So choose whether to
experience the War for Independence, the War Between the States, or both when you
visit the Historic Cannon Ball House.
Hours: Saturday, October 19th from 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 20th from noon to 4.
For more information call (973) 376 4784.

Open House 23June2013-Press Release

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

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Bees, Quinzels, and War at the Historic Cannon Ball House   -   Ryan Olsen

 

            Springfield’s Historic Cannon Ball House (CBH), located at 126 Morris Ave., will be holding an open house on June 23rd.  This date is the 133rd anniversary of the Battle of Springfield.  This conflict was the final major battle of the Revolutionary War to be fought in the northern colonies. Many artifacts from this occurrence are on display at the CBH, including the missile which gave the structure its name. The CBH is an ideal site to learn more about this battle and its historical significance.

            With this open house, the CBH will be beginning a new series of exhibits centered around the founding families of Springfield.  The Quinzel family will be first.  Their exhibit will feature items pertaining to the April 21, 1909 wedding of Charlotte Trivett to Charles S. Quinzel.  Most of these items, including the bride’s wedding ensemble, will not have been previously exhibited to the public.

Also on display at the house are the continuing Civil War adventures of Wellington Briant.  This year’s letters, chronicling 1863, describe Wellington’s promotion to clerk and involvement in attempts to capture Charleston, South Carolina.

His letters also feature references to the 54th Massachusetts, the African American regiment depicted in the film Glory.  Finally, P. J. Martin will be conducting a beekeeping presentation on the CBH property.

So come to the Springfield Historical Society and see what all the buzz is about. 

             

House Hours:  Sunday, June 23rd from 2 to 4.

House Admission: $2 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

For more information call (973) 376 4784.

Presidential Open House -Sunday, February 15th

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Presidential Open House at the Historic Cannon Ball House (CBH) - Text by Ryan Olsen

Springfield's Historic Cannon Ball House, located at 126 Morris Avenue, will be open on Sunday, February 15th from two to four in the afternoon.  In honor of it being Presidents' Day weekend, a letter that George Washington wrote from Springfield during the Revolutionary War will be exhibited.  This letter is only on display once per year; so do not miss this opportunity to see it.

In addition to the Washington letter, there will be other examples of penmanship on display at the Cannon Ball House.  These will include a letter signed by President Herbert Hoover and the Civil War correspondence of Wellingtobn Briant.

To see these and other artifacts on exhibit, join us one day shy of Presidents' Day at the Historic Cannon Ball House.

Hours: Sunday, February 15th from 2-4pm.

Admission : $2 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

Note:  We will not be open Presidents' Day, itself.

For more information: call (973) 376-4784



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