Carroll farm museum plans Civil War clash

April 25, 2004

Union and Confederate armies will clash at the Carroll County Farm Museum during the annual Civil War Living History Encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 2.

Various regiments from the North and South will camp on the grounds and demonstrate forgotten lifestyles.

Camp families will cook over campfires and go about their daily lives as they would have during theCivil War.

Several new activities are being offered this year.

A garden talk, "From Garden to Hearth - 1860s Kitchen Gardening," will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are required and may be purchased from the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 410- 848-6704.

Richard Anderson of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry/1st NC Battery A Artillery will give a presentation, "Seeing the Elephant - Projectiles Soldiers Hoped to Avoid in Battle," at 11 a.m. Saturday at the stage pavilion.

Anderson will display some of the munitions that soldiers had to worry about when they "saw the elephant" and faced direct firing from the enemy.

Tea in the Rose Garden on Saturday will feature the "Moon Sisters." Sunday's guest will be "Mrs. Abraham Lincoln."

Tickets ($3) will go on sale at the garden at 2:30 p.m., with teatime at 3 p.m. each day. Tickets are first come, first served, with seating for 36 people. Opening spaces may be filled until 3:30 p.m.

A period fashion show will be held in the Reception Barn from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. May 2.

Artisans will demonstrate skills from the 1800s, such as tinsmithing, blacksmithing and hearth cooking. The farm museum buildings and gift shop will be open.

Sharon Miller's Gone with the Wind collection will be on display in the farmhouse for the encampment weekend and will remain through June.

The display includes photographs, collectibles, several reproductions of dresses worn in the movie and other memorabilia.

Food will be available for purchase both days.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older, and free for children ages 6 and younger. Museum memberships will be honored.

The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

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

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