Join the Lynn Community Association on September 17th for a free tour of a Lynn icon in history—visit the Grand Army of the Republic Museum at 58 Andrews Street downtown for a close-up tour of Civil War memorabilia. This event is one ofmore than 100 free events that are part of Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, September 16-18 and September 23-25.
Now celebrating 15 years, Trails & Sails is an annual celebration of the historic, cultural and natural treasures found in the Essex NationalHeritage Area. Organized by the Essex National Heritage Commission, more than 4,000 attendees are expected to take part in a diverseline up of events appealing to everyone from Civil War buffs and art lovers to “foodies”, paddlers, bikers and more. This is LCA’s sixth year of showcasing Lynn landmarks during the Trails & Sails weekends.
The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, circa 1885, a National Register of Historic Places property, is likely the United States’ largest GAR building. Among many surprises is the jaw-dropping Victorian Grand Hall with 1243 civil war photos. See the last civil war confederate flag to fly over Richmond, VA, given to Lynn civil war veterans as a token of friendship, documents signed by Abraham Lincoln; as well as WWII and Spanish War artifacts. Tread a time warp with great treasures, photographs of bygone centuries, and learn why The Grand Army of the Republic was an influential movement in American history. Located at 58 Andrews Street in Lynn, the Museum is not handicap or stroller accessible. Visitors must climb at least one full flight of stairs (3-story building plus basement)- but is well worth the climbing if you can do it! This venue will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th.
All Trails & Sails events are free and most are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the exception of a few reservationsrequired events. Visit www.trailsandsails.org for a complete schedule of events. A limited number of free hard-copy guides are availableat Heritage Area Visitor Centers. To purchase a guide or for more information, visit www.trailsandsails.org.
The mission of Lynn Community Association is to promote pride and ownership in the Lynn community, through beautification, education, recreation, and neighborly relationships.
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water is sponsored by Eastern Bank and Newburyport Bank.