Saturday, June 18, 2022
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1:00pm [1:00pm] Free Walking Tour on the Great Lawn
Walking Tour on the Great Lawn Hosted by two members of the Cheney Brothers National Historic District Commission, Saturday June 18 at 1:00 p.m. Popular history walk starting at Fuss & O'Neill, 146 Hartford Road (plenty of parking in the lots west and south of the building). Find out more about the Great Lawn and its former residents on this one-and-a-quarter-hour walk, which will proceed along streets and lawn to view historic mansions and the nine-acre property purchased by the Town in 2005 for open space and historic preservation. Historical Society member and former resident of the Horace Bushnell Cheney House, Tom Ferguson, and Town Historian, Susan Barlow, will comment on the historic landscape and buildings. There is some steep and uneven ground, so participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots. Extreme weather cancels, but the walk will be held if light rain. Free. To view a map of the District on this website, click Cheney Landmark District.

4:00pm [4:00pm] Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration
Manchester will be hosting its second annual Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration at Leisure Labs at the Mahoney Center. Join your neighbors in a celebration of Juneteenth, Black History, and culture. A collaboration between the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation and its community partners. This year’s event will feature thoughtful speakers, live music, poetry readings, a black-owned food & vendor market, family activities, and more! Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, the day that Union soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas, and enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in Texas. This came nearly three years after President, Abraham Lincoln had proclaimed that they: “Shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, free.”