Visitors can see a piece of Civil War history come to life at the "Civil War Remembrance" event that is being held at Greenfield Village in the Henry Ford Museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan over Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26). It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland to Dearborn (near Detroit).
"Civil War Remembrance" A Memorial Day weekend gathering that is meant to honor all veterans who fought and died to preserve our freedom, the "Civil War Remembrance" event will feature over 450 historical military re-enactors participating in military-related activities like artillery firing demonstrations, marching and drill practices and tactical demonstrations.
This year's event will focus on the Civil War's turning point year, 1864 (the final full year of the War). Events during that year included the fall of Atlanta and General William Sherman's March to the Sea.
The event will include lots of hands-on activities for visitors, dramatic presentations, historians' insights and special presentations. Be sure to check out the Confederate and Union military camps and the Confederate and Union civilian camps.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by a variety of historical musical groups . This year's event will feature a special concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Village Green by Tim Ericksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown featuring old ballads, love songs, gospel songs and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. Eriksen combines vocals with inventive banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto ( a 12-string Mexican acoustic bass) accompaniments.
The event will also host a Memorial Day commemoration on Monday, May 26 and the Village will observe a national moment of silence (signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle) at 3 p.m.
Admission to the "Civil War Remembrance" event is included with the regular all-day admission price to Greenfield Village. Admission for adults is $24. Admission for seniors is $22 (62+) and it is $17.50 for youth (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. Admission for Henry Ford members is also free. There is a $5 parking fee for non-members.
Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m on Sunday and Monday with extended hours on Saturday, May 24 (9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m) for the special concert.
For more information about the "Civil War Remembrance" or about Greenfield Village or to purchase advance tickets call The Henry Ford Call Center at 313-982-6001 or get online at www.thehenryford.org.
The Henry Ford Museum complex is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Michigan. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.