The Jersey County Victorian Festival Civil War Era Reenactments - Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend is a special time in Jerseyville, Illinois, as white tents spring up all around the Colonel William Fulkerson Mansion just north of town. The tents are the temporary quarters for many of the participants in the Jersey County Victorian Festival, an event that promotes "History in Motion" through Civil War reenactments, encampments, agricultural demonstrations, and working crafts, taking a step back in time to view our history and to give visitors an opportunity to get closer to our past.
Stagecoach and buggy rides delight young and old alike and the 1866 Fulkerson Mansion will be open for tours. A large variety of food, refreshments, shopping opportunities, and musical entertainment round out the experience.
2013 Schedule of Events
Chris Talley Bluegrass Band
1:30 pm to 5 pm on the Patio
7 am: Grounds Open - Agricultural activities throughout the day – Steam and tractor plowing, threshing, sawmilling, gas engines, shingle mill and more!
8:30 am (Sunday only): Church Services, North side of Mansion
9 am - 5 pm: Demonstrations and Working Crafts including blacksmithing, great wheel lathe, gunsmithing, coopering, quilting, wood carving/Victorian horse carving, rope making, musical and rhythm instruments of the period, pottery, Civil War reenlistments, and Ladies of Charity.
9 am - 5 pm: Marketplace Opens featuring Antiques, Arts, Crafts and Sutlers specializing in Civil War items.
10 am - TBA Civil War Embalming demonstration followed by a Military Funeral and Burial.
10 am - 4:30 pm: Fulkerson Mansion Tours
10:30 am: Artillery Demonstration
11:00 am: Victorian Civil War Style Show Narrated by Mrs. Lincoln
12:00 Noon: Hold-up by the James Gang followed by a gun safety demonstration.
12:30 pm: Gettysburg Address and Narration by President and Mrs. Lincoln
1:00 pm: Duel of Honor
1:30 - 5 pm: Chris Talley Bluegrass Band
2:30 pm: Civil War Reenactment