Monday, August 15, 2011

History Happenings this week Old Time Baseball!!

The Newtown Square Historical Society opens the 1742 Square Tavern at Rt. 252 and Goshen Road each and Paper Mill House Museum (St. David's and Paper Mill Roads) in July and August on Sundays from 1-4:00 p.m.

For more information, and to verify openings on a particular date, please check our website at

The Colonial Plantation last year hired Dave Nielson from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia to run the farm. Dave has done an outstanding job and if you have not been to the plantation in awhile come and and see Dave at work, he knows his stuff.
See twelve of the mid-Atlantic League’s clubs play base ball as it was in the 1860’s…the players wear authentic uniforms, use period-style equipment, play by the rules of 1864 and, honoring customs of the day, and never smile in photographs. The clubs represent large cities – Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. , New York- and small cities too – Easton, Maryland, Lewis, Delaware and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. All are re-formed clubs: actual teams of the era, playing every weekend April to October along the East Coast, enthusiastically putting the 140-year gap-in-play behind them every time a player swings and hits out towards first base.
Over the past 12 years clubs have been the subject of TV and print pieces from Comcast to Fox, to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun and Sports Illustrated. Some clubs have even represented the era in motion pictures.
Matches begin at 10AM with six clubs (three simultaneous, one and one-half hour matches) on the
parade grounds until 3:30PM. See clubs which last pitched and fielded in the 1870’s. Shake hands with vintage players who will be available for explanation of rules and some tall story-telling.
. Period style items raffled each day.
. Bring blankets, folding chairs, a picnic, family, friends and sweethearts.
. Refreshments for sale.

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