The historical figures were performed by actors from the Little Town Players, as well as a few staff at the Bedford Museum and the Bower Center for the Arts.
Peterson said that in the past, the Bedford Museum held historic ghost tours of the town’s Longwood Cemetery, where figures stood by their gravestones and told their lives to the public. This year they went for something different, something to remind the existing community more vividly that the individuals depicted were once as alive as they were and who could also provide a learning experience.
“That’s kind of what we wanted to do is have you walk around town, and these people are out there doing what they would have done in town when they lived,” Peterson said. “I think it’s fun to see who would have walked the streets we walk on and just interact with them.”
It was hard to narrow down the roster of characters with so many perspectives to choose from, Peterson said.
“It was hard to change, because Bedford has such a vast history. I mean, we have history from 1754 to today, and there are a lot of people who have walked through this town, who left a sort of a mark whether we know it or not. It was really hard to reduce it, “she said.
Drawing on genealogical records, historical records, newspaper archives, and primary and secondary sources, Peterson created scripts for each character depicted, collating their stories.