2018 Branch County Civil War Days
Relive history at the 12th Annual Branch County Civil War Days on May 25-28, 2017 at Branch County Heritage Park in Coldwater, Michigan. This living history is filled with civil war historical clothing outfits, Union and Confederate units with live, authentic cannons and firearms to historically complete the Civil War drills and Battle reenactment. Throughout the Branch County Civil War Days weekend onlookers can observe civil war period craftsman at work, as well as asking them questions about life in that era of national conflict.
Branch County Civil War Days
The public is invited to attend and participate in a variety of festivities which will begin on Friday, May 22 with the arrival of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln at the Coldwater Depot and conclude on Sunday, May 25. The weekend events start Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. with a guided tour of the Historic Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friday is an educational day for area 5th grade schools. Saturday activity action includs an authentic heritage schoolhouse for children to receive a period school lesson in and experience the ‘old school’ teaching methods of the time.
The Branch County Civil War Days weekend offers activities for everyone, including a Civil War church service on Sunday morning, military and civilian impression demonstrations, encampments, drills and a civil war era ball (dance) Saturday evening. The annual Coldwater Civil War Spring Ball begins with a grand march prior to entering the ballroom with ball rules requiring period clothing from 1861-1865. Enjoy the historical and elegant ball gowns and suits worn by participants.
Free guided tours of the historical Oak Grove cemetery are provided, as well as an opportunity for a train ride for a brief spell with special guest, President Abraham Lincoln. A free concert culminates Saturday evening with live musical performances.
The most important part of the Branch County Civil War Days weekend is the remembrance of those who had fallen in service to their country. Harsh times and horrible mistreatment prior to, during and after the Civil War made it one of the bloodiest wars ever for the United States of America, so it is fitting to recognize such service and sacrifice on Memorial Day.
Admission: Free to the public, but donations are accepted.
Branch County Heritage Park
Bishop Ave & Charles Sherman Drive
Coldwater, MI 49036
The Branch County Heritage Park located west of Coldwater off of the US-12.
Reenactor Information: Any reenactor wishing to participate in the Coldwater Civil War Days may obtain a registration form at Email: [email protected] or you may call Phone: (517) 278-8161
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Branch County Civil War Days on Memorial Day Weekend at Heritage Park in Coldwater, Michigan.
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