Civil War Days returns to Landis Valley

By on July 18, 2018


Visitors will experience the world of the Civil War-era Lancaster countryside during Civil War Days, to be held at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum on July 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“For soldiers, when not fighting or drilling, a considerable amount of time was spent resting, writing letters, playing games like checkers and poker and making music,” said Timothy Essig, museum educator and coordinator of the event. “This event attempts to recreate just such an environment on the museum’s historic grounds.”

In this intimate event filled with re-enactors, there are lots of things for visitors to see. Between musket drills and firing demonstrations, recruitment stations, and cavalry drills, visitors can follow Union Army generals and local politicians as they show President Lincoln the efforts made by the U.S. Sanitary Commission, the Patriot Daughters of Lancaster, and battlefield surgeons to support the troops. Or, they can mingle with the soldiers as they cook, play music and games, and socialize around the tent camp. Visitors to the site can also take wagon rides, enjoy a Civil War fashion show each day, and, on July 28 only, can learn dances that were popular during the era. Activities for children, including musket drills, games, activities, and a school house lesson, will round out the event.

Admission to the event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for ages 3 to 11. Museum members and children ages 2 and under are free.

To learn more, visit Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is located at 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster.

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