Barrington 150 Program 
 

  Click here to watch the 150th Celebration
Program held February 16, 2015

The Village of Barrington is celebrating the 150th year of its official incorporation , which occurred on February 16, 1865, with a Sesquicentennial Celebration in the year 2015 featuring a number of planned events over throughout the year. 

In addition, a number of other events are planned throughout 2015 to celebrate the Village of Barrington’s 150th Sesquicentennial.

The Village of Barrington and the Barrington Park District will host a Civil War Reenactment at Citizens Park on Northwest Highway.  Experience living history from 1865, when Union and Confederate Civil War Reenactors will bring history to life, complete with authentic soldiers, encampments, cavalry horses, and musicians. 

On Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Barrington Area Library, Bill Hannay, Barrington Hills Resident, will bring Civil War history to life with his portrayal of soldier Norris Hamilton.  Corporal Norris “Mc” Hamilton was a farmer from Cuba Township.  In September 1862, he was 44 years old with a wife and three daughters.  He signed up to defend the Union and marched off to war with the 96th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He fought in many of the great battles of the Western Theater, including Chickamauga, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Franklin, and Nashville.  Based on the letters he wrote to his family and the official records of the U.S. Army, Norris Hamilton returns to life to share with you his adventures in the great crusade to save the Union. 

On Saturday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Barrington Area Library, Guy C. Fraker, author of Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit, will speak about Lincoln’s career in Illinois.  Explore lesser-known facts about Lincoln’s Circuit experience and significant visits around the state, including Lake County.  You’ll gain even more appreciation for this well-loved president. 

On Saturday, September 19th, the entire camp will come to life and open for the public at 10:00 a.m. at Citizens Park.  The event will feature an Abe Lincoln impersonator, medical demonstrations, a fashion show presided over by Mrs. Lincoln, and a battle with commentary.  Food will be available for purchase by Kooker’s from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The schedule for the day is:

10:00 a.m.           Camps Open to the Public

10:30 a.m.           General Sherman Addresses Spectators at the Pavilion

11:00 a.m.           Artillery Practice Drills at Battlefield

12:00 Noon         Fashion Show with Mrs. Lincoln at Amphitheater

12:30 p.m.           Medical Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

1:00 p.m.             Presentation called “Divided Families” by Mrs. Lincoln at Amphitheater

2:00 p.m.             Battle Reenactment with Commentary at Battlefield

2:30 p.m.             Post-Battle Medical Surgery Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

3:00 p.m.             Presentation of Colors – Camp Closes to the Public

On Sunday, September 20th, the camp will open for the public again at 10:00 a.m. The schedule for the Sunday is:

10:00 a.m.           Camps Open to the Public

11:00 a.m.           Artillery Practice Drills at Battlefield

12:00 p.m.           Medical Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

1:00 p.m.             Battle Reenactment with Commentary at Battlefield

1:30 p.m.             Post-Battle Medical Surgery Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

2:00 p.m.             Presentation of Colors – Camp Closes to the Public

Also on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Barrington Area Library, enjoy a Civil War presentation on preserving Civil War battlefields by Barrington native and BHS graduate Ron Cogswell, former Chief Operating Officer of the Civil War Trust in Washington, D.C.

As a gift to the future of our community, the stately former Robertson family home, known as Barrington's White House located at 145 W. Main Street, is being repurposed and renovated into an elegant and highly functional community and cultural center. Barrington’s White House will not only provide the opportunity for our community to give itself a very special 150th birthday present, but the finished product will embody all that we have held dear in our community for the last century and a half. For more information on Barrington's White House, visit www.barringtonswhitehouse.com.

More family friendly events will be held throughout the year, so please watch for more information in upcoming newsletters or on the Barrington150 Facebook page.

 Quintessential Barrington produced a special Sesquicentennial edition magazine for sale as a record of our area history and as a lasting keepsake for Barrington's 150th anniversary celebration. Copies will be available for purchase at the Village Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the Public Safety Facility between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., or at any Village or Sesquicentennial event. The cost is $10 per copy.