Concert, 1851


In August of 1851, Lamb’s Hotel (today’s Sherwood Inn) hosted a concert by singer and composer Bernard Covert, accompanied by Mr. Barton, pianist and vocalist. The newspaper reported, “They exhibit ample testimonials of their skill and success as musicians, and a rare and interesting entertainment may be anticipated.” Covert was eventually famous as the composer of “The Sword of Bunker Hill,” “Mary Darling, Mary Dear,” “Can I Go, Dearest Mother?” and many others, especially patriotic songs performed during and after the Civil War.

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