Civil War re-enactment readied at farm museum

Living History Encampment set for next weekend

April 28, 2002

The Carroll County Farm Museum is sponsoring its annual Civil War Living History Encampment on Saturday and May 5.

During the Civil War, Westminster was a point of entry and a service center for troops heading for Gettysburg. Between June 28 and July 4, 1863, Confederate and Union troops camped on the Almshouse grounds where Carroll County General Hospital now stands.

To commemorate that week's events, the Farm Museum will play host to regiments on the grounds and related activities. The schedule of events is:

Saturday: 10 a.m., camp opens; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., living history demonstrations; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., lunch break; 12:15 p.m., weapons inspection; 12:45 p.m., formation for battle; 1 p.m., troop engagement; 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., living history demonstrations; 3 p.m., Victorian garden tea; 6:30 p.m., dance lessons; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., dance (open to the public); 9 p.m., camp closes.

Sunday: Matthew Dodd will present "Songs and Stories of the Civil War" (time to be announced); 10 a.m., camp opens; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., living history demonstrations; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., lunch break; 12:15 p.m., weapons inspection; 12:30 p.m., fashion show in the reception barn; 12:45 p.m., formation of troops; 1 p.m., troop engagement; 3 p.m., Victorian garden tea; 5 p.m., strike tents and break camp.

Farm museum buildings will be open for visits of displays and demonstrations by artisans. The general store will be open.

Re-enactors are required to register in advance with the Farm Museum.

Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for ages 7 to 18 and those 60 and older; those 6 and younger will be admitted free. Museum memberships will be honored. Information: 410-848-7775.

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