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2018 Yorktown Civil War Weekend

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Join us for the annual Yorktown Civil War Weekend on April 14-15, 2018 at the Watermen’s Museum (and other venues) in Yorktown, Virginia for an exploration of Yorktown’s Civil War History with living history demonstrations and special exhibits located throughout Yorktown.

Yorktown Civil War Weekend programs will include a military encampment along with Infantry and Artillery firing demonstrations and costumed guided tours at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Special Exhibits will be featured at the York County Historical Museum at York Hall and the Museum on Main Street, and Riverwalk Landing. The Watermen’s Museum will feature maritime exhibits, living history, artillery demonstrations, period music, vendors, children’s activities, food trucks and beverages. Guided tour of the Battle for Dam #1 at Newport News Park Saturday at 3pm. There will be a Civil War themed contra dance at the Watermen’s Museum Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.

Visit the Schooner Alliance, Catch a free trolley ride, and visit all of the sites in beautiful Historic Yorktown.

The Confederate forces withdrew to Richmond on May 3, and the town was occupied by the Federal Army and Navy. How did the people of the area react? What happened when the Civil War came to the York River? Find the answers at the Yorktown Civil War Weekend.

Yorktown Civil War Weekend - Watermen's Museum - Celebrate Yorktown Committee - 2nd US Cavalry Company A Reenactors

Location:
Watermen’s Museum (& other locations, see schedule)
309 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
757-887-2641

Recall the Battle of Yorktown 1862 History with Naval Battle re-enactment, Confederate Coast Guard Exhibit and living history, vendors, music and more at the Watermen’s Museum and throughout Yorktown.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Civil War Events throughout Yorktown
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yorktown Market Days, Riverwalk Landing
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Yorktown Kite Demo & Gathering, Riverwalk Landing
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits at Newport News Park , 3pm Tour of Dam #1 Battlefield
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Civil War Contra Dance, Watermen’s Museum ($5 donation at the gate)

Sunday
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Civil War Events throughout Yorktown

Exhibits and activities
Sunday
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Watermen’s Museum, Museum on Main, York Hall, Custom House
Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Grace Church
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park
Yorktown Sailing Charters, Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Newport News Park
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Free Admission to:
The Watermen’s Museum, Custom House, Museum on Main and County Historical Museum
Food and Beverage Vendors at the Watermen’s Museum

For more information: Contact the Watermen’s Museum 757-887-2641 Museum Website

Yorktown Civil War Weekend is sponsored by:
Celebrate Yorktown Committee, Virginia Civil War Trails & Tidewater Civil War Events Partnership

Yorktown Civil War Weekend: Schedule Detail
Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8-12:00 Yorktown Market Days, Music Program – Phil Poteat
10:00 Ongoing Activities Begin
Maritime History and Crafts Display – Watermen’s Museum
Effect of the War on Civilians Living History – Watermen’s Museum
Civil War Scavenger Hunt Game – Throughout Yorktown
Military Displays, Living History –
Watermen’s Museum, Riverwalk Landing
Colonial National Historical Park Visitor Center 10 – 4:30

Exhibits
Colonial National Historic Park Visitor Center and National Cemetery, $
Custom House, 1-4 Sunday
York County Historical Museum, York Hall, Museum on Main
Confederate Volunteer Coastguard Exhibit – Watermen’s Museum
Yorktown Kite Day 1-5 Saturday, Riverwalk Landing
Grace Church Photographic Exhibit 10 – 5 Saturday
Newport News Park 10 – 5 , 3:00 Tour – Education Center
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown 10 – 5, $

10:30 Confederate State Navy Crew Muster – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Music Program – Bob Zentz Watermen’s Museum

11:00 Ersatz: Making Do During the War – Watermen’s Museum
Alliance Cruise – Waterfront, $
Confederate Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

11:30 Cannon Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Music Program – Cigar Box String Band – Riverwalk Landing
Union Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

12:00 Music Program – Bob Zentz – Watermen’s Museum

12:30 Cannon Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Coastguard Naval Battle – Watermen’s Museum
Music Program – – Riverwalk Landing
Union Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

1:00 Music Program – Scuppernongare – Watermen’s Museum
Music Program – Fife and Drum – Riverwalk Landing
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

1:30 Military Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Music Program – Cigar Box String Band– Riverwalk Landing

2:00 Lecture – “Yorktown During the Civil War”, Tim Smith – York Hall
Music Program – Shanty Grass – Watermen’s Museum
Alliance Cruise – Waterfront, $
Union Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

2:30 Starvation Party/ Particpatory Music and Dance – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Music Program – – Riverwalk Landing

3:00 Music Program – Bob Zentz – Watermen’s Museum
Guided Tour of Dam #1 Battlefield, Newport News Park
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

3:15 Confederate Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Union Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

3:30 Cannon Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Coastguard Naval Battle

4:00 York River Floating Folk Jam– Shanty Grass – Watermen’s Museum

6pm Civil War Contra Dance – Cigar Box String Band – Watermen’s Museum, $5 donation

Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
10 – 4:30 Colonial National Historical Park Visitor Center

10:30 Confederate Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

11:00 Alliance Cruise – Waterfront, $
Confederate Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

11:30 Union Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

12:00 Ongoing Activities Begin
Maritime History and Crafts Display – Watermen’s Museum
Effect of the War on Civilians Living History – Watermen’s Museum
Book Signing – Watermen’s Museum
Civil War Scavenger Hunt Game – Throughout Yorktown

Military Displays, Living History
Watermen’s Museum, Riverwalk Landing
Colonial National Historical Park Visitor Center 10 – 4:30

Exhibits
Colonial National Historic Park Visitor Center and National Cemetery, $
Custom House, 1-4 Sunday
York County Historical Museum, York Hall, Museum on Main
Confederate Volunteer Coastguard Exhibit – Watermen’s Museum
Newport News Park 10 – 5 , 3:00 Tour – Education Center
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown 10 – 5, $

12:00 Music Program – Watermen’s Museum

12:30 Cannon Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Coastguard Naval Battle – Watermen’s Museum
Union Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Music Program –Press Gang – Riverwalk Landing

1:00 Children’s Program – Story Telling – Watermen’s Museum
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

1:30 Military Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Music Program – Cigar Box String Band– Riverwalk Landing

2:00 Music Program – Watermen’s Museum – Shanty Grass
Alliance Cruise – Waterfront, $
Union Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

2:30 Starvation Party/ Particpatory Music and Dance – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Infantry Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Music Program –Press Gang – Riverwalk Landing

3:00 Music Program – – Watermen’s Museum
Guided Tour – Colonial National Historical Park

3:15 Confederate Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park
Union Artillery Firing Demonstration – Colonial National Historical Park

3:30 Cannon Drill – Watermen’s Museum
Confederate Coastguard Naval Battle

4:00 York River Floating Folk Jam– Shanty Grass and Friends – Watermen’s Museum

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Yorktown Civil War Weekend in April at the Watermen’s Museum (and other venues) in Yorktown, Virginia.

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