Hearthside - The House That Love Built


Get ready...the Civil War is coming to Lincoln! On September 17-18th, Chase Farm Park (located next to Hearthside at 669 Great Road) will come to life with hundreds of reenactors from all over the Northeast as they set up camp for the weekend. And thousands of spectators are expected to come experience the power of history!

These reenactors, or living historians, will invite visitors to step back in time to September 1861, shortly after the start of what would be four long years of the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history. Their goal is to portray as accurately as possible what it was like at that time. As one of the first events to officially be endorsed by the Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, Call to Arms is considered to be one of the most elaborate reenactments being undertaken in this area in 2011.

The Friends of Hearthside, working with the New England Brigade, Liberty Greys, and the Town of Lincoln, is spearheading this event. Our goals are to: 1) To educate people about our nations' Civil War history, through accurate reenactments and demonstrations of this period; 2) To enlighten people on local history as well as Rhode Island's contribution to the Civil War; 3) To provide an opportunity where families can enjoy being together to learn about history in one of the state's most picturesque, historic setting.

The event opens to the public on Saturday and runs 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. However, there are extended hours for certain additional activities taking place, such as the Civil War Inaugural Ball on Saturday night from 7:30-10:00 p.m., or the opening of Hearthside for a very special Civil War exhibit starting with candlelight tours on Friday evening, or the first-time opening of the Moffett Mill, both of which will continue till 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights include:

  • Full scale battles both days, including mounted cavalry, narrated by Tony Petrarca, WPRI-TV
  • Union camp and Confederate camp
  • Civilian camp for ladies and children
  • Food vendors for lunch and refreshments
  • Various 19th century scenarios
  • Nighttime artillery salute
  • Appearances and presentations throughout the weekend by President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln
  • Civil War Museum at Hearthside, featuring a significant private collection of uniforms, weapons, and numerous artifacts
  • Ladies Tea in the Camp--special raffle will give two guests an opportunity to participate
  • Fashions Through the Ages - fashion show featuring Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Dramatic reading of the Maj. Sullivan Ballou Letter
  • Inaugural Ball for President Lincoln, featuring period music by the Camp Lincoln Band and dance callers
  • Book signing of "All for the Union" - the diary of Capt. Elisha Hunt Rhodes-by Robert Rhodes
  • First public opening in over a hundred years of the 1812 Moffett Mill
  • Period portrait photography
  • Horse-drawn hayride tours of the encampment
  • Demonstrations at the historic Hannaway Blacksmith Shop
  • Candlelight Tour of Hearthside on Friday evening



Admission is $10 adult/$7 seniors and students/$5 ages 5-10; under 5 free for one day pass. Family of 4 is $25; A weekend pass is $15/person. Candlelight Tour of Hearthside on Friday night is $5.

Tickets for the Inaugural Ball are $25/ea. Period dress is encouraged, but not required to attend. Spectators are most welcome to come and join in or just watch if they don't wish to dance. Click here for flyer.

A portion of the proceeds will support the mission of Friends of Hearthside to preserve our historic buildings as well as preserve history!

Media partner for this event, The Times, Call and Neighbors newspapers, will be distributing a special insert section about this event along with the schedule in the September 7th edition, a keepsake you won't want to miss!

Battle of Cheat Mountain

Civil War Ball for President Lincoln Kicks Off With Nighttime Artillery Salute

Honored Guests President Lincoln & Mary Todd Lincoln Visit Chase Farm Park

Dear Sarah... A Dramatic Reading of the Sullivan Ballou Letter

Book Signing of "All for the Uninion - The Diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, 2nd Rhode Island Regiment" by Robert Hunt Rhodes

Moffett Mill Opens to the Public for the First Time in 100 Years

Call to Arms for Volunteers

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