Friday May 12, 4:30 – 8:30pm

Experience what life was like on the front line and home front during the American Civil War. Follow the caller’s instructions and learn to contra dance with live music. Visit the surgeon for a crash course in bone saws, leeches and other medical techniques of the 1860s battlefield. Get a taste of the era through cooking demonstrations led by soldiers and civilians. Learn about Michigan’s role in the Civil War, how women contributed to the cause, and more from costumed reenactors.

Take a look at what we have scheduled…

Soldier Cooking Demonstration: See how an individual soldier turned his meagre rations into a meal.  Time: 5:00-5:45; 8:00-8:45

Cooking for an army Demonstration: Soldiers ate a bit better when they were stationed somewhere. See what passed for food in garrison. Time: Drop in anytime.

Civilian Cooking Demonstration: What exactly were folks eating on the home front? Drop in and see what’s cooking. Time: Drop in anytime.

Dancing: Learn from the best! The McKinneys will teach you all the steps to Victorian Era dancing!

Songs and Music of the Civil War: Hear the songs and tunes of the Civil War.  Time: 5:45-6:15; 7:30-8:00.

Military Drill: Experience firsthand how soldiers marched and drilled. Conducted by members of Civil War Reenacting unit, 15th Michigan, Co. B.  Time: 5:45-6:15; 7:30-8:00.

Civil War Surgeon: Get a crash course in bone saws, leeches and amputations.  Time: 5:00-5:45; 6:45-7:30.

Women of the Civil War: Nurses, seamstresses, the United States Sanitary Commission, and some occasional soldierin’. Learn how women helped win the War.  Time: 5:45-6:15.

Blacksmithing: Village blacksmith and forgewoman, Rose Weiss, will be in the shop working all night, stop in and see what she’s up to. Time: Drop in anytime.

The Home Front: What were the folks at home up to while the war raged on? Time: 5:15-5:30.

Camp Laundress: Demonstration of laundry practices of the Victorian Era, and discussion of why being a laundress was a vital part of Civil War camp life. Time: 4:30-5:00; 8:00-8:30.

Life of a Union Soldier: Find out what life was like for a soldier in the Union Army. Enlistment, food, sleeping arrangements, marching, and uniform will all be covered. Time: 4:30-5:00; 7:00-7:30.

Union Sharpshooter: “Whenever you see a head, hit it.” – Learn how the United States Sharp Shooters (sometimes called Berdan’s Sharp Shooters) distinguished themselves in battle.  Time: 5:15 – 5:30.

Price (includes dinner, served throughout event):

Call 248-524-3570 for tickets or stop by the Village.

On or before May 5: $10/children ages 6-12; $15/Troy Historical Society members; $20/non-members.

After May 5: $15/children ages 6-12; $20/Troy Historical Society members; $25/non-members.

Bringing a group of 10 or more? Ask about group rates at 248-524-3570.

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