Next weekend, the Framingham History Center will take residents and visitors to Framingham back in time to the Civil War.
Confederate and Union soldiers plan to camp out on Framingham Centre Common, May 4-6, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Framingham began its retrospective of the Civil War and Framingham's role in more than a year ago. It was at 4:30 a.m. on April 12 in 1861 that the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina to start the battle between North and South. To commemorate that date, Framingham Boy Scout Pack 12 leader Rick Connaughton organized a small encampment with soliders from both the Union and the Confederacy. In conjunction with the Framingham History Center, he arranged a memorial to honor the 52 Framingham residents who died during the Civil War in 2011.
Next week's multi-day encampment continues the town's civil war sesquicentennial celebration. Camp setup is from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4. The encampment will be open Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The encampment, which including sutlers and atillery demonstrations, is free and open to the public.
There will be other events throughout the weekend that will require the purchase of a button for admission. Buttons will be sold on site for $5 per person or $20 per family.
Activities will be held rain or shine. The event is sponsored by the Framingham Co-Operative Bank.