The Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ market shared the village common this weekend with soldiers from the past. Reenactors from the Union’s 9th Cavalry Regiment held their annual encampment at Moore Park on June 7th – 9th. While the reenactors whet through their drills on the common, the Amish farm horses kept a nervous
The troops managed to conduct their maneuvers on foot thereby sparing the local work horses the indignity of launching a cavalry charge. I’m sure the Amish were grateful that the entire bivouac passed without armed conflict – real or imagined!
The weekly market; which, for the first time this summer featured a number of fresh produce vendors, was also graced by the presence of another ghost from the past: Abe Lincoln in the flesh took stock of our local produce and artistic wares. Abe was in town to help the Chautauqua Historical Society
Tomorrow it’s back to the frantic pace of the 21st century but for a couple days, we took a nostalgic look at our past and slowed down just a bit to commemorate the epic struggle to preserve the republic.