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Experience history in Hillsborough this weekend

HILLSBOROUGH — The 6th Annual Living History Event in Hillsborough is Saturday and Sunday, and it will be filled with historical reenactments, costumed characters and hands-on activities as well as period food and music.

A highlight this year is Dean Malissa, who portrays General George Washington. Malissa is not just a look-a-like who slaps on a wig and tells a few stories. He is an accomplished actor and scholar. Malissa is the official and sole portrayer of President Washington at Mount Vernon, complete with authentic clothing and real hair, as Washington never wore a wig. All is real, except the wooden teeth.

Mount Vernon’s portrayer

Besides portraying Washington at Mount Vernon, Malissa is seen as the Smithsonian, the National Constitution Center, Fort Ligonier, Colonial Williamsburg and the National Park Service at Valley Forge. He has also portrayed Washington in many films and documentaries including PBS’s “First Freedom — The Fight for Religious Liberty”.

The War of 1812 will be reenacted.

Costume characters such as Betsy Ross, Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder will offer insight into their time in history.

Music will be provided by the 2nd Carolina String Band and the Cow Hampshire Folk Singers. 18th Century magicians will perform and period food will be served.

The Hillsborough Heritage Museum will be opened.

The Federal-style homestead of President Franklin Pierce is open for self-guided tours.

At 9 a.m., Washington will speak at the homestead, and at 10 a.m. he will dedicate a Mont Vernon tulip tree, transplanting a tree from one President’s home to another.

The Concord Coach will be at the cemetery tour. The original school house will be opened with Laura Ingalls Wilder interpreter. The center will have horse and buggy rides.

Children’s activities

Special children’s hands-on activities include butter making, cider pressing, old fashioned laundry and rides will also be offered

The activities will be available both days. Tickets are $10, senior citizens are $8, and children under 5 are free. Children from Hillsborough, Deering and Washington are free.

The events will take place at Franklin Pierce’s homestead, Jones Road, historic Hillsborough Center and downtown Hillsborough.

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