Farm Museum to become Civil War camp

Event to feature classes, troop engagements

April 27, 2003

The Carroll County Farm Museum will become a battleground next weekend during the Civil War Living History Encampment, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 4.

Various regiments will occupy the grounds and offer a glimpse into life as it was lived by soldiers and their families during the Civil War.

Activities (both days, unless noted) will include:

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until 4 p.m. Sunday): Living history demonstrations of skills from the 1800s, such as tinsmithing, blacksmithing and hearth cooking.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Michael Weaver, author and re-enactor from Pennsylvania, will talk about and sign his books, Jenkins in Mechanicsburg - The Confederate Attempt on Pennsylvania's Capital and Captain John Bigelow, More than Just a Hero at Gettysburg on the farmhouse porch.

Weaver is active in the Civil War Historical Society and Civil War Round Table.

12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Weapons inspection.

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday: Tim Genness will discuss "Unionism in Carroll County, 1860-1861." He will discuss how people in Carroll felt about the secession crisis and what was being written in newspapers and journals, as well as census and election returns.

1:15 p.m. 2 p.m.: Formation and troop engagement.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Victorian Garden Tea (tickets sold at 2:30 p.m. for $3). Seating for 36 is available and includes cookies and a selection of teas. Reservations are not required.

4 p.m.: Drill.

6:30 p.m. Saturday: Dance lessons. A dance is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sunday: Musician Matthew Dodd will perform songs and tell stories from both sides of the war.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday: Period fashion show.

Visitors also can tour the farmhouse and exhibit buildings and visit the museum gift shop. Food will be available for purchase.

Re-enactors are required to register in advance (call the Farm Museum for a registration packet).

Admission is $3 and $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older. Children age 6 and younger will be admitted free. Museum memberships will be honored.

The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

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