Walks to highlight Chesterfield’s history

  • Samuel E. Eddy, 1898 GAR. via WIKIPEDIA

Staff Writer
Published: 6/16/2021 2:32:05 PM

CHESTERFIELD — The Historical Commission will lead four walks this summer and fall that will highlight historic buildings and the story of a Civil War soldier from town who received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Dee Cinner and Eileen McGowan, Historical Commission co-chairs, will be guiding the tours. Cinner said that she hopes the tours show participants what a treasure they have in Chesterfield.

“The town center is one of the most pristine in all of New England,” Cinner said. “It’s virtually unchanged.”

The first walk will be June 20 at 1 p.m,. while subsequent walks will be on July 17 and Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. A shorter walk with senior citizens in mind will take place Sept. 16 starting at 10 a.m.

Funding for the walks was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the Chesterfield Cultural Council, Cinner said.

All of the walks will meet outside of the Town Offices and will end at Vet Park, where attendees will hear a presentation about Samuel Eddy, a Civil War soldier from Chesterfield who won the Medal of Honor after shooting a Confederate soldier who was taking aim at a commanding officer, a feat he accomplished while being pinned to the ground with a bayonet.

It wasn’t until 32 years later that Eddy would receive the Medal of Honor.

“They sent it in a brown paper bag,” Cinner said.

Participation in each walk is limited to 15 people and requires registration, but Cinner said that there are still slots open for all of them. Those who wish to register should call Cinner at 413-296-4337.

Cinner said she is also interested in learning history from participants on the walk.

“They’re also going to share things that I don’t know,” she said.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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