Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport | Kids Out and About Fairfield County, CT

Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport

In the morning, visitors are invited to the Fishtown Chapel to witness the memorials laid for local Civil War soldiers. At midday, amid the tolling of steeple bells, all are welcome inside the Greenmanville Church for a brief service complete with sermon and hymns. A colour guard leads everyone to the waterfront, where wreaths are laid for the artillery and the infantry. As the procession reaches the end of Middle Wharf, a bugler aboard the Charles W. Morgan begins “Taps,” which concludes with a wreath-laying for the navy and a three-gun salute from the Joseph Conrad. Every participant, staff and visitor alike, is then offered a flower to strew upon the river in memory of their own lost soldiers from any century.

In the afternoon, a special presentation by the Chantey Program Staff illustrates the different roles of music on the home-front, in camp, and on the field – or sea – of battle during wartime. The day’s observances conclude in the Sailors’ Reading Room with a discussion of the long-term repercussions of war on 19th-century Mystic and its residents.


75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT, 06355
United States


Contact name: 
Central Reservations
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9 a.m.-5 p.m.