There was a version of that at the Farmers’ Musuem in Cooperstown. A group of people played an early version of the game, called town ball.
Under other circumstances, I would suspect you of trolling me :) If just one of my findings in early baseball history sticks, and makes it into the general understanding, I want it to be the understanding of the term “town ball.” It is routinely used to refer to some vaguely defined ancestor of baseball. This usage arose in the 1880s, decades after any ancestor to baseball was current.
The proper understanding of the vocabulary when it was current usage is that pre-modern baseball was a family of closely related games. The rules varied, but there was an identifiable underlying structure to all versions: a playing field with bases arranged in a polygon (not necessarily regular); two sides of equal number; game play divided into innings, with one side the “ins” and the other the “outs.” The outs were distributed around the field. The ins sent a batter to the field, with the goal of batting the ball and making a circuit of the bases. The outs had the goal of either catching the batted ball to put the batter out or to put a runner out between the bases, usually by throwing the ball at him (i.e. the good old days). Once some number (typically either one or all) of the ins were put out, the two sides switched sides.
The baseball family can be identified by this underlying structure. This is fortunate, as it cannot be reliably identified by the names given it. Rather, there were regional dialectal terms. The oldest of these terms was “base ball.” This arose in 18th century England (hence Jane Austen’s heroine Catherine Morland, who enjoyed it) but the term was gradually replaced over the 19th century in Britain by the new term “rounders.” In America, “base ball” remained the normal name for the game in New York state and the Great Lakes region. It was also used in New England, but alongside a newer term, “round ball.” “Town ball” was the normal term in Pennsylvania, the Ohio River Valley, and the South, and used alongside “base ball” in the upper Mississippi.
So any talk of playing “town ball” in Cooperstown, New York, much less New England, is nonsense. The term was never current there. What happened in the 1880s was an old-timer in, say, Cincinnati would observe that in his youth he played “town ball” where now the kids played “base ball.” This correct and commonplace observation was merrily misinterpreted as town ball being ancestral to base ball. The so-called “Massachusetts game,” a form of baseball played in eastern New England in the late 1850s, was also misinterpreted as being an ancestral form, and therefore was misidentified as “town ball.”
I have been pounding this drum in early baseball circles for about ten years. It is surprisingly difficult to convey the concept, even to intelligent people interested in the subject. I think much of this is getting them to think in linguistic terms of regional dialects. Presumably this is not a problem here.