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2018 Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment

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History comes to life at the Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment on February 17-19, 2018 at the Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, CA. Calico Ghost Town, in partnership with the American Civil War Society, will come alive over President’s Day Weekend with the sounds of bugles, and the thunder of cannon and musket fire. You are invited to come and witness Civil War era historic presentations, troop inspections, artillery demonstrations, military battles, and much more! Battles will take place daily at 11:45 am and 2:30 pm. The Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment events include live music, Civil War themed crafts and a Saturday only Ladies Tea during the afternoon and Blue and Gray Cotillion in the evening. Calico Ghost Town shops and attractions will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment

The American Civil War Society, a re-enacting association, presents dramatic mock battles complete with canon fire twice daily on Saturday & Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each day, an Abe Lincoln re-enactor will deliver The Gettysburg Address. The Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment is living history for the entire family to enjoy with entertainment such as fashion shows, musical entertainment (brass bands, guitars, banjos and flutes ,) and townspeople displaying their crafts and trades.

Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment - American Civil War Society

Admission
Adults $10.00 – $20.00
Youth (6-15) $6.00
Children 5 and under Free
Camping reservations: Call 800-TO-CALICO

Location
Calico Ghost Town
36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398
Directions: Off I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit, 10 miles north of Barstow.

Camping & Lodging
Calico Ghost Town offers 265 camp sites with full, partial or no hook-ups. Camping reservations may be booked directly online at sbcountyparks.com. Camping patrons receive up to six admissions per unit to the event. In addition to camping, Calico offers cabins, mini-bunkhouse and a bunkhouse accommodations. Reservations for these must be booked by calling the park at (800) 86-CALICO.

Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment - American Civil War Society

Other Weekend Activities:
There are many activities that vary from year-to-year, such as: face painting, make your own candle, make your own medallion, stamp your own leather, etc. There’s a lot to do and see during the Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment – including visiting with the reenactors.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Saturday Events
9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors – Central Calico Marine Band participation
9:30 a.m. Antebellum Marine Band, Drill -Main Street South end
10 a.m. Civil War music – along Main Street
10:30 a.m. Combined Military Parade – along Main Street
11 a.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops –North Calico Music from Debby Clinkenbeard – Beer Garden
11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – The Silver Bowl
12:30 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln – The Wishing Well – North Calico 1 p.m. Capt. Tom Atkins and Civil War dancing in the street with live music – Beer Garden
1:30 p.m. Ladies tea – Lane House Museum Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main Street Stage
2 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln; Inspection of C.S. Troops– North Calico
2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House -North Calico
3:15 p.m. Musical Entertainment – Antebellum Marine Band
3:30 p.m. Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico
4 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico
5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town stores close for the evening!
5:30 p.m. Evening colors. Visitors are invited to dine with the troops at the Saturday evening dinner-Calico House Restaurant
7:15 p.m. Blue & Gray Cotillion – The Calico House Restaurant. Visitors invited.
Sunday Events
9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors
9:15 a.m. Church call, Central Calico-near flag poles (ending 10am)
10 a.m. Civil War music – along Main Street
10:30 a.m. Combined military parade- along Main Street Brass Band participation 11 a.m. – Beer Garden
11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – The Silver Bowl
12:30 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln – The Wishing Well North Calico
1 p.m. Civil War dancing in the street (everyone welcome) – South Calico
1:30 p.m. Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main St. Stage
2 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Brass Band participation Inspection of C.S. Troops– North Calico
2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House (North Calico)
3:15 p.m. Musical Entertainment – Beer Garden
4 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico
5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town Stores close for the evening! Evening colors
Monday Events
9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors
10 a.m. Civil War music – along Main Street
11:15 a.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops – North Calico
11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House -North Calico
12:15 p.m. Cannon demonstrations at Artillery Point – North Calico
1 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln; Civil War dancing in the street (everyone welcome) – South Calico
1:30 p.m. Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main St. Stage
1:45 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops – North Calico
2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Silver Bowl Area – South Calico
3 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico
3:15 p.m. Presidential birthday serenade
3:30 p.m. Concert – The Main Street Stage A Civil War Dialogue” by brigade commanders– Central Calico
4 p.m. Retire the colors – Central Calico: strike camps
5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town Closes for the evening!

About California’s part in the Civil War
The State of California was in its infancy when the Battle of Ft. Sumter, near Charleston, SC took place in 1861 starting the American Civil War. While patriotic fervor swept California residents after this battle, Volunteer Regiments, recruited from pro-Union counties from the northern part of the state were sent to occupy pro-secessionist Southern California leaving Southern Californians powerless during the war. Although 17,000 men from California participated in the War Between the States, California’s contribution to the effort was of small scale.

Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss one cannon blast at the Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment at the Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California next President’s Day Weekend in February.

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