|6th New Hampshire Regiment Infantry Company E leading the parade.|
|Peterborough Food Pantry "Float"... very creative!|
|William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps|
|The Lexington Minute Men|
|Monadnock Community Hospital - The most enthusiastic marchers on this rainy morning!|
|Fred Marple, the official Frost Heaves "dignitary" in the parade.|
The celebration also included special tribute to William Diamond, a Revolutionary War drummer in Lexington, Massachusetts under Captain John Parker. In April 1775, a teen-aged William Diamond beat his drum as the call to arms, summoning the village's minutemen to the start of the Revolutionary War. He is famously portrayed as the young drummer in the "Spirit of '76" painting by Archibald Willard. In 1795, William Diamond and his wife Rebecca settled in Peterborough, purchased land to farm, and raised their family here. He died in 1828 and is buried in the town's cemetery on Old Street Road. The tribute to William Diamond featured participation throughout the day by the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps, The Lexington Minute Men, and the 10th Regiment British Soldiers. In addition, William Diamond's drum and desk were on display at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, courtesy of the Lexington Historical Society.
|The Lexington Minute Men, the 10th Regiment British Soldiers, and the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corp gathered for the special presentation in front of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture|
|Actor portrayal of William Diamond, giving an account of his life|
|William Diamond's drum|
Other activities in town also included demonstrations by Colonel Ebenezer Hinsdale's Garrison Company recreating aspects of 18th century colonial community, a traditional blacksmith creating late 16th and 17th century armor such as that worn by the Polish Winged Hussar knights, music performances by the Temple Town Band and the NH Pipes and Drums band, the rededication and grand opening of the original Main Street entrance to the Town Library, a special Farmers' Market, food court, and activities for all.
|Participant in the Garrison Company's community cooking chicken over the open coals (said to take about 4 hours to cook this way).|
|Blacksmith working on armor|
|Tent in the 6th NH Regiment's camp|
The day ended with a great fireworks show over the rivers in downtown Peterborough at Depot Square Park, sponsored by The Peterson's Real Estate.
But the party isn't over just yet! Additional events this week include a talk on Peterborough in the 60s at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Wednesday, concerts on Friday, and Ken Sheldon's Frost Heaves live comedy show, an Open Hearth Cooking demonstration, the Peak into Peterborough Festival, a contra dance, and more on Saturday, October 18, 2014!
(For more photos of the day, please see our Facebook page.)