Farm museum to host Civil War living history event

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By Staff Reports

The Matthews Living History Farm Museum will host a Civil War Living History weekend on March 16 and 17.
“The event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, weapons, demonstrations, music and cooking,” according to a news release for the event.

Visitors will be allowed to walk through the camp, view demonstrations and military drills, and speak with costumed members of the reenactment, the release said. “This event will be utilized by the reenacting units as a soldier training exercise,” according to the news release. “New soldiers will be instructed on marching, using a weapon and cooking on a fire. There will be parades, drills and firing demonstrations, however no battles will be portrayed.”
The encampment and demonstrations will be presented by Civil War re-enactors from the 1st Kentucky Infantry and 51st Virginia Infantry Units.
On Saturday, the encampment will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a weapons firing demonstration at 1 p.m., battalion drill from 2-3 p.m., a question-and-answer session from 3-4 p.m. and a candlelight tour of the camp from 7-9 p.m. The schedule will repeat on Sunday, but it will close at 3 p.m.
For questions or more information, please contact The Matthews Farm Museum office at (276) 773-3080 or at matthewsfarm@gmail.com.