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On February 16, 2015, five years to the day after the Sesquicentennial Committee held its first meeting and the same date Barrington officially became incorporated in 1865, a 150th Celebration Program was held at the Village Hall. This program is available here and is also being replayed on the Village’s Channel 4.

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.

Finally, on November 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Langendorf Park, learn about Barrington history at theBattle at Barrington Re-Enactment: The Babyface Nelson Shootout on Northwest Highway.  On this date in 1934, infamous gangster Babyface Nelson raced down Northwest Highway chasing two FBI agents who were on his tail.  He screeched to a stop where the Barrington Park District and McDonald's are today and engaged in a gun battle with the G-Men, killing one and wounding another.  Babyface himself was shot in the Battle at Barrington, forever cementing our town's place in Chicago gangster history.  Come see the entire scene re-enacted, complete with 1930s era vintage vehicles and actors in full garb.

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.