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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Civil War Days event begins today at LakeWatch

Friday, September 16, 2011

The first annual Franklin County Civil War Days, set for Sept. 16-18 at LakeWatch Plantation, will allow visitors to step back in time and become a part of living history.

The event will kick off on today (Friday, Sept. 16) with a number of activities about the Civil War for school students in grades five and six who study the Civil War period as part of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).

The program on Friday for students will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be composed of 12 stations that depict the Civil War, including visits with Gen. Robert Lee and Gen. Jubal Early.

Students will also be able to visit a Civil War encampment.

On Saturday and Sunday, the event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Activities will include a variety of military demonstrations, vendors, encampments and a skirmish with infantry, calvary and artillery soldiers.

A Civil War period barn dinner and dance Saturday evening will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with period music by the Lone Dove Band. Cost is $5 per person.

Sunday activities 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 at the three-day event.

Franklin County 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.

LakeWatch Plantation is on Route 122 near Bridgewater Plaza.

 
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