Military History Day Comes to Patton Homestead for the First Time

Military History Day is coming to the Patton Homestead and Archive, owned by the town of Hamilton, for the first time this weekend.

There will be free admission to the event on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will celebrate military service in many forms and eras and will include military re-enactors, enthusiasts and veterans sharing war history knowledge and artifacts from nearly every century.

Visitors will be able to view memorabilia and get close to period military equipment.

This event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The Patton Archive will also be available for tours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 20 minute intervals.

The guest speaker, Capt. Richard Barbato, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Barbato is a U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Iraq veteran, now serving as an outreach specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lowell. He focuses his work on helping returning veterans cope with Post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Patton Homestead is the retirement home of General George S. Patton. Joanne Holbrook Patton, Patton’s wife, will give a brief overview on the history of the Homestead and introduce Barbato.

The Homestead is located at 650 Asbury St. in Hamilton, next to Green Meadows Farm and near the Topsfield town line. Field parking will be located on Asbury Street across from the Homestead and a police detail will assist visitors crossing the street. Handicapped parking will be available next to the Homestead. There will be portable restrooms available on the grounds and there will be a family restroom in the Homestead. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch.

The free event is sponsored by Green Meadows Farm and Wenham Museum, which will also be open, with admission, during and after Military History Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the museum’s current exhibits is “War On The Home Front: Domestic Life During Wartime and Rising to the Challenge: 1940s Fashions.”

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