History comes alive in German Flatts


GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Battles, tents, cooking over a fire, it will all fill the town park of German Flatts September 28th to the 30th for their Living History Weekend.

"They'll be some battles tomorrow, the Fort Herkimer Church, which is one of the oldest churches in New York State will be open, we have the church we have a one room school house that we're working on and we've invited people who can provide any history of the area," said Town Supervisor Frank Spatto.

Friday kicked off the Living History Weekend with a School Day. Civil War re-enactors sharing with local students what life was like during the war.

"Basically we tell them different things, aspects of the war, hardships of the war, what the soldiers had to go through that keeps the memory alive," said Artillery Colonel in the North Virginia Army Tim Rathbun.

Rathbun will be fighting in a reenacted battle Saturday as a Colonel in the North Virginia Army. But the battle, is just part of the story to tell.

"What I'm telling them is a lot of people fought for the freedoms you have today, gave a lot back in their history," said Rathbun. "To not forget the people that gave so that you can have what you have today."

German Flatts Town Supervisor Frank Spatto helped organize the weekend with volunteer group, Friends of the Town Park, to make sure so much of the area's history isn't forgotten.

"We have so much history in the canal system the churches, the settlement and German Flatts and everything and it's all being forgotten," said Spatto. "And I think I'm trying to find the nucleus to bring all these people together so our story can be documented to preserve the future."

The events continue all weekend complete with a fire works display Saturday September 29th at 8 pm. and then ending with a closing battle with cannons on Sunday, September 30th at 1 pm.

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