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Civil War Days

Civil War Days

Aug 12, 2017-Aug 13, 2017
100 S. Barnes Rd. | Aurora, IL 60506 | 630.892.1550

Aug 12, 2017-Aug 13, 2017
100 S. Barnes Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506


Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the American Civil War with a weekend-long event on Saturday-Sunday.

Civil War Days will be highlighted by a full-scale reenactment at 5 p.m. Saturday on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Throughout the weekend, guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life. “These stories we bring to life go beyond the battles; they’re about real people caught up in an unimaginable war – soldiers, civilians, enslaved people – all with a story to tell,” said Blackberry Farm manager Sandie Gilmer. Examples include demonstrations of medical procedures as they were performed in the battle fields, how wool and fabric were dyed for soldiers’ uniforms and crafts such as corn husk dolls. “Meet the Lincolns” will be held each day from noon to 4 p.m., featuring conversations with President and Mrs. Lincoln, who also host a special “Tea with the Lincolns” each day at 2 p.m. A full schedule of events and map is available on their web site. “This event is an opportunity to learn about democracy, sacrifice, heroism and hope – the many ways this war shaped our history,” said Gilmer. Games and toys of Civil War days will highlight each day from start to finish. All of Blackberry’s regular amenities will be available – train, pony rides, carousel and hay wagon rides – along with the Adventure Playground. Civil War Days is included with daily admission. Visit the web site for rates. Blackberry Farm will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. CAPTION INFO: Guests get an up-close look at what a Civil War battle might have looked like, and meet President Lincoln as well during Civil War Days at Blackberry Farm.

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