Civil War Remembrance

A time to reflect. A time to celebrate.

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • May 25 - 27, 2019
  • Time: Open Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

Free for members or with village admission

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Civil War America is remembered for the scorched-earth division between North and South and the uncompromising differences that drew 3 million to the battlefield and an estimated 750,000 to their graves — the equivalent of 7.5 million today. Though shaped by battle and loss, the story of this pivotal era is best told by examining how Americans lived as they faced events that would set the stage for today’s ongoing civil rights movement.

Spend Memorial Day weekend immersed in living history as soldiers, civilians, musicians and expert historians provide demonstrations, exhibits and special commemorations. Taste hard tack and discover an authentically reproduced civil war era horse-drawn Coffee Wagon providing warm comforts to war weary soldiers. Strike up a conversation with one of dozens of living history experts wearing meticulous reproductions of historic clothing for an impromptu lesson on topics from fashion to medicine.

Plan to stay late on Saturday night for a concert featuring The Second Cavalry Brigade Band. Mounted on their own white horses, uniformed musicians entertain soldiers, civilians and guests with 19th century arrangements of popular music on period horns.

From the battlefield to the parlor, the heroism and tragedy of the Civil War are brought to life throughout Greenfield Village. Join us in honoring the sacrifices and achievements of all those who bravely fought and continue to fight in defense of the American spirit.

  • Feel the ground-shaking power of a rare, six-gun battery of working, period cannons fired during tactical demonstrations.
  • Explore the stories of civilian battlefield observers to understand public perception of the conflict and how it changed in the early days of the war when bravado-stirred notions of a swift, decisive victory gave way and the gravity of the conflict set in.
  • Examine evidence of John Brown’s year-long effort to end slavery with a raid on Harpers Ferry in our special exhibit featuring an original firearm manufactured at the Harpers Ferry arsenal plus period photography and publications reporting on the raid and its aftermath.

Your experience includes

  • Military and Civilian Camps
  • Live Music
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Live Music
  • Dramatic Presentations
  • Military Tactical Demonstrations
  • Historian-Led Talks
  • Civil War Resource Center
  • Special Recognition for Veterans

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members.

Greenfield Village

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $25.25
General Admission (12-61) Free $28.00
Youth (5-11) Free $21.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.