Civil War Reenactment

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Genesee Country Village & Museum commemorates the battles that captured the headlines over 150 years ago this year on July 15 & 16. Members FREE!  

Battle Times & Locations

Each day sees two battles:

  • 11:30am: The South Field Battle will feature mounted cavalrymen and artillery!  Witness dozens of riders as they defend the surrounding community from being blasted by cannon shells.
  • 2pm: See the infantry maneuver around houses and shops, over fences, and through enemy lines as one side defends the village from being stormed!

Civil War Reenactment & Encampment

Museum visitors will time-travel to the Civil War with the sounds of muskets, cannons, and horses' hooves beating the ground. Combat was more intense, while civilians were uncertain about what the future would hold. The Historic Village takes on the guise of a border town, with civilians busy with trying to maintain a normal life, while dealing with the wartime shortages, mixing school lessons and farm duties with rallies, sewing for soldiers, caring for the wounded and dealing with soldiers encamped around their homes.

Mr. President Lincoln

Townsfolk occupying the village will offer musical concerts, specialty shopping and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. This year, the event will feature a special visit from "Mr. President" himself as Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by professional historian Fritz Klein) greets visitors, inspects the Federal troops and more!

Explore the Civil War camps

The military camps will also be open for inspection during the day. Mounted cavalrymen will be parading about on campus and warming up for the afternoon battle. In the morning, the artillery commanders will host a firing demonstration prior to the first battle. At 1:00pm both days of the program, there will be a fashion show in the carriage museum demonstrating the day wear and evening wear worn by both women and men during the 1860s. An afternoon concert by the Irish Volunteers features mid-19th-century music in the Brooks Grove Church both days at 3:00 pm.