More than 800 re-enactors bring Civil War history to life Memorial Day weekend
DEARBORN – The public is invited to become a part of living history as Union and Confederate re-enactors, bustling camps and period music enliven all of Greenfield Village for Civil War Remembrance May 28 to 30.
Called the most authentic display of Civil War re-enactors in the country, visitors can immerse themselves in life during wartime. Greenfield Village hours will be extended from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 29.
Visitors can learn how Union veterans returned home after the war and established their own organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic, where they could gather to help one another remember, heal and aid those effected by the war, including the widows and orphans left behind.
GAR also worked to establish Memorial Day – or Decoration Day as it was then known – asking members to decorate the graves of their fallen comrades with flowers on May 30, 1868.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can learn more about the resourcefulness of soldiers and watch Union and Confederate re-enactors take part in cavalry, artillery firing and tactical demonstrations at Walnut Grove.
The Village Pavilion — the designated Civil War Resource Center for special presentations from historians — offers a chance to research ancestors and get a closer look at the clothing from that time period.
The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, the Picks & Sticks Stringband, the Dodworth Duo and the North Star Gospel Chorale will take the stage near Town Hall to perform music from that era.
The Henry Ford will host the Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony on the Village Green starting at noon May 30 and will participate in a National Moment of Silence at 3 p.m. signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle.
Admission to Civil War Remembrance is free with membership or $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors 62 and up and $19.50 for youth 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free.
For more information, call 313-982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org/events/civilWarRemembrance.aspx.