Take a step back in time as you explore history, discover camp life and relive stories from the front lines at the fourth annual Franklin County Civil War Days, Sept. 5-7, 2014 at Lakewatch Plantation in Moneta. The event will feature military demonstrations with notable re-enactors, including portrayals of General Jubal A. Early and General Robert E. Lee, living history presentations, battlefield polo, a fashion show and tea, a church program, a variety of vendors including artisans, authors, food and more.
Event admission is $5.00 for patrons age 12 and over, $2.00 for patrons ages 5-11 and free for patrons under age 5. Camp will open daily at 9 a.m. Festivities will include a Dinner & Barn Dance at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. This event is coordinated by the Franklin County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee in conjunction with the Franklin County Office of Economic Development.
New to this year’s event:
Civil War Era Cricket: What team sports did Americans play during the Civil War – a time when there was no football or basketball, and even baseball was just beginning? One of the sports they enjoyed was the venerable old English game of cricket, which was brought to the United States during the Colonial era and by the 1860s was being played throughout the country, as well as, by both Union and Confederate soldiers.
Visitors to this year’s Franklin County Civil War Days will have an opportunity to personally relive this long forgotten aspect of soldier life by joining in the short, informal, 19th century cricket games that American cricket player and author Tom Melville will be conducting. The games will be run on a continuous walk-up basis and are open to all. Absolutely no experience required! So come and discover what else “play ball” meant to soldiers and civilians during the Civil War!
Guided tours of Booker T. Washington National Monument, Saturday and Sunday:Explore the history of the Civil War Era by visiting the park prior to or after attending Franklin County Civil War Days at Lakewatch Plantation. Learn about Washington's childhood in slavery and life on the Home Front during the Civil War! Tours will be held on the hour from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Franklin County Tourism