2019 Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
Relive the sights and sounds of battle at the annual Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment on June 8-9, 2019 in Bedford, Pennslyvania. This year, commemorates the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Hundreds of Union and Confederate reenactors set up their camps at the Village, bring their horses and cannons, and give you an unrivaled opportunity to take a look at life in the 1860s during the American Civil War. Battle reenactments are held both days, complete with cannons. It’s a spectacular display that you won’t want to miss!
Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
The Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment is one of the largest events of its type in Pennsylvania. Some great scenarios are planned for the Antietam commemoration that include the Dunker Church, Sunken Road, and a special Saturday night non-spectator Burnside’s Bridge.
Hours: Sat & Sun 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Adult $10; Seniors $9; Students (Age 6 to 18) $5; Under Age 6 FREE
Old Bedford Village
220 Sawblade Road
Bedford, PA 15522
For More Informaton: tel: 814-623-1156 or 800-238-4347; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment is an independent event organized by Old Bedford Village and hosted by Birney’s Division Civil War Reenactors.
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All goods offered must be 19th century related. Only Period tents are permitted in the Village.
About the Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
Each June, picturesque Old Bedford Village plays host to the clash of the Blue and the Gray during their annual Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment and Living History event.
Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment Mini Gallery
While America’s deadliest war never actually reached the town of Bedford, as General Robert E Lee’ Confederate Army invaded Pennslyvania in the summer of 1863, the threat facing this area was very real. Just north of Bedford near the town of Loysburg, a network of defensive trenches dug to protext Loysburg Gap survives to this day. The trenches were occupied in June of 1863 as residents of the area feared the invasion could target the farms and livestock of Morrison’s Cove and the railroad in Altoona to support Confederate troop in the field.
Each year, the Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment features hundreds of reenactors from state across the region. These living historians have a true passion for the Civil War time period they portray, and have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours researching what and where to obtain the equipment and knowledge needed to portray the life of the common soldier serving in that war.
During the Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment, visitors can visit the camp sites of soldiers serving in both the Union and Confederate armies. They can witness what camp life was like, learn how the soldiers passed the time when they weren’t marching or fighting, and speak with the reenactors (and don’t worry, they do like to talk about this favorite topic). Civilian life is also represented as many women and children also attend the event in period attire. Each afternoon a battle reenactment will unfold, and visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand the sights, sounds, and smells of battle. No history book or television documentary can give a viewer as realistic an experience as attending a Civil War reenactment in person.
What makes the Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment even more special is the Village itself. Because of the many original 17th and 18th century structures on site, Old Bedford Village truly presents the image of a town that ha been overrun by two great armies, with residents forced from their homes as soldiers move in, camp in their yards, and procure their food and livestock. Visitors can tour the building. Some will be occupied by the reenactors while others will feature Old Bedford Village’s skilled tradesmen and artisans who can explain their craft such as blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, tin smithing, candle making and more.
About Old Bedford Village
Cross the Claycomb covered bridge and step back in time to the 18th century at Old Bedford Village. Stroll through the Village of over 36 period workshops and log cabins for a real immersion experience. Call in on our period clothed crafts men and women, learn about Bedford’s historic past…allow time for a light snack in the Village Tavern, perhaps a horse and buggy ride around the Village? Be sure to check out dates for our special events on our website at www.oldbedfordvillage.com If you’d like a new way to look at history, come see a historical reenactment at Old Bedford Village, we’ll get you so close to the past, you’ll be able to touch, smell and hear it! Open Memorial day to Labor day Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Closed Wednesdays Sep to Oct: Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment & Living History in Bedford, Pennslyvania.
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