Civil War Remembrance
The holiday known as Memorial Day honors all those who have bravely fought defending our country. This special day of remembrance, first known as Decoration Day, has its origins in the period of the Civil War. During this time women decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers with flags and flowers.
On Memorial Day weekend the village is transformed to the time of the Civil War. Both the Union and Confederate camps are represented with re-enactments of how the men of both Union and Confederate armies maintained their weapons and gear, cooked meals, cared for their clothing, and attempted to amuse themselves. The soldiers participate in marching and drill practices which kept them in fighting form during the war.
The Civil War greatly affected the civilian population of the entire nation. In the later war years, the southern states bore the brunt of the fighting. The farmlands of the region became battle zones and man of the major cities were reduced to bubble. Many families were forced to leave their destroyed farms and homes and live in refugee camps. This life is re-created in Confederate and refugee camps.
During the Civil War, unless they were officers, those killed in battle were often buried near the battlefield. This was not always the case. At the Adams House the customs of laying out the dead at home are re-created.
During the 19th century, and especially during the period of the Civil War, Victorian society followed very elaborate rituals and customs when a member of the family died. The Town Hall contains an exhibit about these customs of dressing and behavior.
This is just a sampling of a few of the events and activities that take place over the weekend.
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