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Making History Come to Life | Civil War Festival

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History cover"History gives answer to those who know how to ask questions." Hajo Holborn

January 29th-31st, history comes to life at the annual Civil War Festival and Battle of Townsend's Plantation re-enactment on the Renninger's Antique and Flea Market property in Mt. Dora, FL.  This event brings with it an opportunity for hands-on learning and visitors to engage in the Civil War era.   There is something for everyone.


The weekend's event features educational opportunities, living history exhibits, foot tapping folk music, artillery demonstrations, stroll through the authentic camps, and talk with time-period dressed soldiers.  On Saturday night, 8PM, attend the Civil War era Dress Ball.

Friday is the "School Day" opening.  A couple hundred local students stepped back in time.

living classroom Collage

Re-enactors spent the day talking with students through living history exhibits.  They learned about the field hospitals and medical procedures for the soldiers. When I asked the Caporaso family what the learned that day, two of them reponded that in the field, an amutation could be done in 15 minutes.

camplife Collage

The reenactor's weekend living quarters are set up as an authentic campsites. Visitors can mingle and talk with soldiers as they prepare their evening stew.

family Collage

Re-enactor Melissa Oponte, shares her experience as a family.  She is joined by her 4 children, sister and her baby, and their mother. It is a family affair. They go about their day mending clothes, preparing lunch on the fire, and tending to household chores.

teaching moments

The local teacher shares how different schooling was during the time period. Students would practice with a slate stick and board.  She also explains that there were only a few books available per school house and the students would have to be share.

military Collage

Of course there are military and artillery demonstrations happening throughout the day.  Saturday and Sunday at 2PM, is the Townsend's Plantation Battle reenactment with fully authentic troops, horse riders, and cannons firing.

family by wagon

The Civil War Festival has something for all ages and interests.  When people have an opportunity to watch and talk with reenactors, they learn more than they would in any classroom. Be sure to check out this event, you will not be disppointed.

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The event runs January 29th-31st, 10AM-5PM.  Admission is $4.00 for children 12 and under and Adults are $6.00. Parking is FREE. The Townsend's Plantation reenactment battle is a 2PM Saturday and Sunday.  See the website for more information.

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