On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the Friends of Vintage Base Ball with bring the Civil War era game to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Begun as a major arsenal under the authority of General George Washington early in the Revolutionary War, the first national armory began manufacturing muskets in 1794. Within decades, Springfield Armory had perfected pioneering manufacturing methods that were critical to American industrialization.
Reopened in 1978 as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the original 1840's arsenal houses the world's largest collection of historic American military firearms. Year-round public programs, exhibits, and special events are hosted on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark.
Two back-to-back games will be played beginning at 11:00am between the Lisbon Tunnelmen and the Woodstock Hilltoppers, demonstrating Civil War era rules, costumes, equipment and culture of the 1860s.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic lunch and enjoy seeing the game as it was played 150 years ago!