On Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 10am to 5pm, the Woodman Museum, along with a cast of forty actors and tour guides, will proudly present its sixth re-enactment event called “Lives & Legends: Voices From the Museum”.
In the space of a 90-minute guided walk through 19 scenes spread throughout the museum’s 4-building campus, visitors will meet famous and infamous Dover citizens and historical characters who will recreate vignettes from times past. In most scenes, these denizens have come back from the dead to narrate their stories, but in two scenes, these renowned Dover citizens are still alive and have remarkable tales to tell.
Visitors will learn how some of the museum’s most extraordinary artifacts, like its iconic 10-foot polar bear, Nanuq, came to reside in Dover. Along the route, guests will meet the farmer who shot the last cougar killed in New Hampshire, an Arctic explorer poisoned by his crew, the museum’s first curators, a Purple Heart-awarded Navy nurse, veterans of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, a nearly 300-year old wooden doll, two hale and hardy 19th century sea captains, several striking mill girls from the Cocheco Cotton Factory, a New Hampshire governor, a prominent minister, various 17th century colonists who are fearing an attack on their garrison, and a famous Dover boat builder.
The Woodman Museum’s “Lives & Legends” features original material not seen in previous iterations of the event. Organizers of this year’s theatrical tour include those who produced, in prior years, the popular historic tours of Dover’s downtown mills, Garrison Hill and Pine Hill Cemetery. Visitors can expect to enjoy delightful performances, all the while absorbing quite a bit of Dover’s storied history.
The event is suitable for children. Stair climbing is involved, so those with mobility issues may not be able to navigate the whole route. Wheelchair access is available to the first floor of the Woodman and Hale Houses in addition to the Keefe House.
Tickets for “Lives & Legends: Voices From the Museum” are currently on sale through Eventbrite. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit http://woodmanmuseum.org and follow the menu bar link or call the Museum at 603-742-1038. You must choose a specific time to start your tour (with maximum group size at 15 people), from 10am to 4:45pm on Saturday or Sunday. Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Each group is limited to 15 people. Reserve your spots early in order to get the time you want.