More than 700 re-enactors bring Civil War history to life in Greenfield Village Memorial Day weekend

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford Re-enactors march at Walnut Grove during the 2014 Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village. Union and Confederate re-enactors will return to Walnut Grove Memorial Day weekend for this year’s event.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford
Re-enactors march at Walnut Grove during the 2014 Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village. Union and Confederate re-enactors will return to Walnut Grove Memorial Day weekend for this year’s event.

DEARBORN — The public is invited to become a part of living history as Union and Confederate re-enactors, bustling camps and period music enliven Greenfield Village for Civil War Remembrance May 27 to 29.

Guests can get inspired by the most authentic display of Civil War re-enactors in the country as they immerse visitors in life during wartime. On May 28, the programming for Civil War Remembrance will be extended until 9 p.m.

Guests 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.

Throughout the weekend, the Village Pavilion becomes the designated Civil War Resource Center. Inside guests can take part in special presentations from historians, see an exhibit of fashions from that time period, and look through military history from original Army and Navy artifacts.

The original poem “Last Camp,” written in 1872 by J. Wesley Benedict of Port Huron, will also be on display inside the pavilion from the collections of The Henry Ford.

The evening of May 27, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene, will take the Town Hall stage for a special performance. The duo has been featured on “CBS Good Morning,” “Prairie Home Companion” and in Ken Burns’ documentary “The Civil War.”

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, the Picks & Sticks Stringband, the Dodworth Duo and the North Star Gospel Chorale also will perform throughout the weekend.

On May 29, The Henry Ford will host a Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony on the Village Green starting at noon 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 $27 for adults, $24.50 for seniors 62 and up and $20.25 for youth 3 to 11. Children 2 and under are free. For more information, call 313-982-6001 or click here.