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2019 Charlton Park Civil War Muster

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See history come alive at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster on July 20-21, 2019 at Historic Charlton Park Village in Hastings, Michigan with hundreds of Civil War reenactors depicting Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, see military demonstrations. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 5 – 12 years, and free for children 4 and under.

Charlton Park Civil War Muster

Historic Charlton Park hosts its annual Charlton Park Civil War Muster with interpreters and craftsmen in the village with demonstrations, a lantern tour of the village, live music and dancing and cannons firing over the Thornapple River. Battle reenactments will take place at High Meadow on Saturday and in the village on Sunday.

There will also be infantry, cavalry, medical and artillery demonstrations. A pancake breakfast is 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and a food vendor will be onsite. Sutler’s Row vendors offer reproduction and handmade civil war-era goods, clothing and toys. Sunday morning, the Carlton Center Church will host a traditional worship service.

Admission
Adults $6.00
Kids $4.00 ages 5 – 12 years
4 and under are Free

Location
Historic Charlton Park Village
2545 S. Charlton Park Road
Hastings, MI 49058

For More Information: Email 269-945-3775 ext. 1; Call sgraham@barrycounty.org

Reenactor Registration
Each unit is required to Pre-Register for the Charlton Park Civil War Muster via email or mail, at no charge, by July 5. Click the event link for the Civil War Muster displayed on that web page to view the Re-enactor Pre-Registration form to register your entire unit. You may make additional copies if necessary but registration by separate individuals is discouraged. All adult participants must check in onsite at the Gas & Steam Barn and complete a Hold Harmless Release before setting up camp. Parents or legal guardians must sign a Hold Harmless Release for minors under 18 years of age. Check-in will be open Friday from 8:00 am until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Sutler Registration/Information
Please pre-register by July 5. Click the event link for the Civil War Muster displayed on that web page to view the Sutler Registration. Cost is $25.00 per Sutler space. All Sutlers at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster must sell “period items”, wear period attire and provide their own tents, equipment and fire extinguisher. Sutlers may NOT sell from modern vehicles. Sutlers may camp beside their own sutlery in a tent if space allows.

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The Sutler Coordinator will assign ALL sites on Sutler Row. NO “walk-on” Sutlers will be allowed. Sutlers may check-in Thursday, July 19 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Upon arrival, enter by the North Gate and drive down to the designated Sutler area (east side of Gas & Steam Barn). The Sutler Coordinator will be able to assist you. All modern vehicles not removed from Sutlers Row before 8:00 am Saturday will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

The Charlton Park Civil War Muster officially ends at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. At that time, vehicles will be allowed into the Sutler area at the discretion of Park Staff. Sutlers may remain at Charlton Park until Monday, but must depart before 10:00 a.m.

SUTLER MERCHANDISE GUIDELINES/TAXATION
A site representative will visit your Sutlery on Saturday morning before the Civil War Muster opens to the public, to ensure that all items relate to the event’s historical time period. Merchandise must be applicable to the time frame of the 1830’s through 1865. The site representative will ask you to remove non-period items from your Sutlery. The Michigan Department of Treasury requires all Sutlers to have a vendors’ license, to charge sales tax, and to remit sales tax to the State. Obtaining a vendor’s license and following taxation procedures are the responsibility of each Sutler. Further information is available from the Department of Treasury, Treasury Building, 430 West Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48922.

Charlton Park Civil War Muster Mini-Gallery