The riverfront near Flint and Exchange Streets in Rochester came alive Saturday afternoon with reenactments of Rochester's role leading up to the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.
It's River Romance Weekend in Rochester. It's also the 115th celebration of Rochester's Civil War heritage. The Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood Association held its Abolition and Civil War Commemoration. Local and regional talent included musicians, re-enactors and live cannon firing demos.
"This kind of event is really important for the Plymouth Exchange neighborhood," said Rochester Historian Christine Ridarsky. "It's a way to bring history alive here, get the community involved, and give the community something to really be proud of."
The event was held at Camp Fitz-John Porter, where soldiers from Rochester once trained before being sent South for the Civil War.