1774 Westborough Militia Training Day

“1774 Westborough Militia Training Day”

Date and Time: October 14, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Veteran’s Freedom Park, 169A West Main Street, Westborough, MA

Large group of men dressed in period dressThe Westborough Rotary Club and the Westborough Historical Society present the 243rd anniversary re-creation of the Westborough militia’s 1774 march to Worcester to seize the county courts from British control. Reenactors portraying the Westborough militia will perform the Manual of Arms as they practice the art of military exercise from 1774. Musket firing demonstrations will be performed throughout the day; a colonial market day will be set up to show a variety of colonial trades and crafts; and Westborough's own Rev. Ebenezer Parkman will harangue and inform the crowds. Other reenactors portraying fellow citizens of Westborough will be making items for barter or sale to the assembled militiamen.

Come experience an historic re-creation of Westborough in 1774 based on original town records that document a turning point in American history and the actions of Westborough citizens as they proclaim their desire to separate from British rule. This event promises to be entertaining and educational for the entire family. Please join us!

  • Re-enactment Militia companies, artisans, and crafts-people.
  • The “walk of history” – a display that tells the story of how Westborough participated in the seizing of the Worcester County court by regional militia men in the fall of 1774.
  • Food Trucks and beverages for your refreshment.
  • Artifacts, children’s games, literature, and documents focused on 18th-century Westborough and its role in the birth of America presented by the Westborough Historical Commission and the Westborough Historical Society.