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Sunday, July 09, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



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Civil War Days (Sunday)

History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.

Hear the crack of gunfire and the boom of cannons at our 26th annual Civil War Days event. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the military and civilian camps to learn about life in the 1860s.

Meet historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, General Grant and more. Kids will enjoy special period crafts and games, and complete a scavenger hunt around the site. Visitors can also experience a recreation of the 1863 Agricultural Fair, which features public amusements and horticultural and domestic arts exhibitions.

The event culminates each day with a narrated battle reenactment. A large Civil War era shopping area, period music, and food vendors round out the event.

Save $1 off admission when you buy your ticket online, or download a coupon and present it at the event.

Weekend pass: $15, $7 youth and seniors. Purchase weekend pass »

Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Purchase tickets for Saturday only »

Tickets may be purchased on-site. Please note, on-site payment is cash only. $10 adults, $5 youth (ages 4–17) and seniors, 3 and under FREE.


All ages.
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