2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)
Confederate Memorial Day Observance (North Carolina Observance)
Join living historians portraying the American soldier who served in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Learn how this traditional observance of sacrifice and honor began in 1866 by the ladies of Columbus, Georgia and how it evolved in to the national recognition of all American soldiers known as Memorial Day. Program is Tuesday 10am-4pm. Price: FREE
May 28-29, 2016
Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages
Following the American Civil War a “Decoration Day” began in communities across America remembering soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Senator John A. Logan, a former Union officer on staff with Major General William T. Sherman, was instrumental in making this a formal national day honoring our fallen soldiers, which became Memorial Day. Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation’s history. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Price: FREE
July 16-17, 2016
Medical Practices and Procedures
Come out and see living historians portraying surgeons and learn about the medical practices and instruments used during the war. Learn about the emergence of the ambulance corps and see the differences between the Union and Confederate medical equipment. Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm. Price: FREE
September 24 & 25, 2016
School of the Soldier
Watch as soldiers perform basic drill, cook and sleep while in the field. Learn about the different weapons used during the war, the flags they carried and see how the uniforms changed from 1861 to 1865. There will be weapons demonstrations throughout the day each day. Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. Price: FREE
October 8, 2016
Reunion and Remembrance
Following the war soldiers and civilians began the long road to rebuild their lives. Take a special guided tour around the farm where you will learn about the years 1865 to 1877 from living historians and actors portraying people who lived through that tumultuous time in our history. This event gives voice to black and white, soldier and civilian. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm. Tickets will be required. Special Guided Tours will be at 11:30 pm and 2:00 pm. Each tour will be limited to 25 people. Price $3.00 per Adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 FREE.
December 9, 2016
2nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour Program
Take a tour by candlelight around the farm to meet soldiers and civilians and watch how they celebrate the holiday. Tickets will be required. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available. Program is Friday 6pm-9pm Price of $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 free.
December 10, 2016
Christmas in the Piedmont during the Civil War
Visit Bennett Place during the Christmas season and witness how this occasion was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American Civil War. Living historians will decorate the farm in a typical modest fashion of the time. There will be cooking demonstrations in the kitchen house, Christmas decorations and packages in the main house, soldiers will be on hand to demonstrate Christmas in the field and of course, a visit with Ole St. Nick. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available. Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm. Price: FREE.