Civil War Events

Civil War School of the Soldier

Registration for 2019 School of the Soldier open NOW!

April 27, 2019 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come learn what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War. Open to boys and girls ages 10 to 15. Participants will be mustered in, drill and then reenact a skirmish for their families and other Museum guests. Pre-registration required by April 5. $25 fee includes a commemorative t-shirt. Please note: Real weapons are not used.

Living History Reenactment
The 1864 Eastern Campaign: The Wilderness

May 4, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4
This was the first battle of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s “Overland Campaign.”  Grant’s goal was to defeat Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and capture the South’s capital at Richmond. The battle took place in an area of Virginia where tangled underbrush and trees had overtaken abandoned farmland. The close-quarters fighting in the dense woods resulted in a bloody and inconclusive encounter that put the Confederates on the defensive; setting the stage for the aggressive war that followed and ultimately spelling the South’s defeat. Food is available for purchase at the event. $10 per family, $5 per adult, $4 per senior (60 & over)

Civil War Holiday Encampment

December 7, 2019 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mark the start of the holiday season with the return of the Museum’s popular Holiday Encampment. Reenactors camp on the grounds and illustrate how troops celebrated the holidays during the Civil War including a pay muster, mail call, infantry drill and skirmish. Children can make ornaments onsite and help decorate the camp Christmas tree. Be sure to visit our artisans and take a tour of the decorated Farmhouse. Light refreshments for sale in the Sugar Plum Shoppe.