The Franklin News-Post|
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Civil War buffs will enjoy the period costumes, like Paula Meador and Michael Sipes are wearing above, during the three-day Sesquicentennial celebration at LakeWatch Plantation.
The first annual Franklin County Civil War Days is coming to LakeWatch Plantation on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 where viewers can watch reenactors and Civil War buffs provide insights about the war and life during the War Between the States.
Events set for Friday, Sept. 16 will be for students in grades five and six who study the Civil War Period as part the the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be composed of 12 stations that depict the Civil War period.
Eight stations will be covered in 20-minute segments, followed by lunch. The remaining four stations will be completed in the afternoon prior to students returning to school.
The stations include a visit with Gen. Robert E. Lee; visit with Gen. Jubal A. Early; visit with a blacksmith; visit with an infantry soldier; visit with a Calvary soldier, visit with an artillery soldier, visit with a teamster, women and children during the war; flags of the Civil War; Civil War heritage; visit with a Civil War chaplain; visit with enslaved people on a small farm; and pride in northern and southern heritage.
In addition to the 12 stations, students will be able to visit a Civil War encampment.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drills and demonstrations will be held at 9 a.m., followed by conversations with generals.
At 2 p.m., a Civil War battle reenactment will be held. An encampment will be open for visits throughout the day.
A Civil War Period dinner and dance will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with period music by the Lone Dove Band. Cost is $5 per person.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with church services at 9 a.m., followed by drills and demonstrations at 10 a.m. The day will also include conversations with generals, music by Ladies of the Lake and a reenactment battle at 2 p.m.
Snacks and refreshments will be available during the three-day event.
Franklin Civil War Days is sponsored by the Franklin County Sesquicentennial Committee, Franklin County Department of Tourism and Franklin County Department of Commerce and Leisure Services.
There is no admission charge to attend Franklin County Civil War Days.