"You will witness them march toward the enemy. You will hear their battle cries, the loudness of the gunfire and cannons."
There is no more perfect of a place to hold a Civil War Re-Enactment than the historic village of Angelica, NY. The period buildings and shops on Main Street take you back in time, not only because of their architecture, but also because of the many items found inside of them. Angelica is a point of time that forever stays through all generations.
The Civil War comes to life during this event. The whole town becomes full of camps from both sides, the North and the South. If it wasn’t for the modern-day traffic passing through, you would actually believe you were there during the war. These re-enactors not only dress their part and live the way people lived at the time, but they also speak the language of the past.
You will see the cannons roll out and the men take to formation. You will witness them march toward the enemy. You will hear their battle cries, the loudness of the gunfire and cannons. The blue smoke will fill the air throughout the town, and windows will rattle. In the end, as expected, the North will prevail and thousands of lives will have been lost. You will come away with a brighter knowledge of your ancestors and what they may have gone through, and you may even contemplate how you came to be with what they all lived through.
It all takes place on September 22nd and 23rd, with the hub of activity taking place around, in, and nearby the historic village’s Park Circle, where all of the churches are. Many vendors will also be in attendance, selling items related to the time period.
Each day begins at 9:00 am and runs until 5:00 pm. There is plenty of parking on the Angelica Fairgrounds, so make it a day—or two—bring your children and your camera. Perhaps even come dressed in period attire yourself, but do come. You won’t want to miss this event.
SCHEDULE -- CIVIL WAR EVENT
(Schedule is subject to change)
Thursday, September 20, 2017
Sponsoring organizations set up event site. Early campers welcome to come and set up camp. Wood, and Water will be available. Reenactors are encouraged to do scenarios in the village on Thursday & Friday. Some downtown specials may be available from merchants and restaurants.
Friday, September 21, 2017
9:00am to 2:00pm School Education Day. Local Schools sending classes to tour interpretive stations. Volunteers to guide students and man stations needed! Please contact Terry Parker if you wish to participate in the School Days.
10:00am – 10:00pm Registration Open Camps set up
6:00 PM till 9:00 PM -- Reenactor Buffet Supper at the Hill Warner Post, American Legion, West Main Street. (Please Bring your own plate/utensils)
8:00PM Officer’s Call for reenactors, Grange hall
11:00PM – All Quiet please.
Saturday, September 22, 2017
8:30 -9:00AM – Reenactors man living history stations and Reenactor guides prepare for scouts
9:00 AM -- Event opens. Camps open to the public.
9:00 AM to Noon Living History in camps and on Main Street (Boy Scout groups and the public will be touring camps and stations learning about the Civil War) Volunteers from re-enacting community wishing to assist in interpretive stations or as guides for scout groups are needed
10:30 AM – GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Lincoln, Gazebo, Park Circle
11:00 AM – Drill Practice, all units, all branches. All units are encouraged to drill in the Park Circle area.
11:00AM—Noon “Dressing the Lady” Display and Demonstrations – Angelica Inn
12:30PM – All units assemble for safety inspections
1:00PM -- Civil War Battle scenario—Part I--Details to be provided later. Downtown Historic District.
1:30PM (Approx) Bread Riot (Park Circle & West Main Streets)
1:30PM (Approx) UNION Army Pay Call (Park Circle)
2:30 PM – 4:00PM Ladies’ Tea at former Angelica Inn (Now 1886), West Main Street
2:30 - 3:00 – Scout Battle on old School Field (reenactor volunteers to help direct scouts welcomed).
3:30PM – 4:00PM Civil War Battle scenario—Part II—Details to be provided later. On old school athletic fields.
5:00 -- Camps close to the public.
7:30 – 10:30 PM Dance with “City Fiddle” at Grange Hall
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Pancake Breakfast served at the Hill Warner Post, American Legion, West Main Street. All you can eat pancakes & maple syrup
9:00 AM -- Camps open.
10:00 AM -- 1860s Church Service, Grange hall
10:00 AM – Catholic Mass, Former Sacred Heart Church Building, Park Circle
Noon to 12:30PM – Parade – downtown (Scout Awards presentations at end of parade)
1:00 PM – All units assemble for safety inspection
2:00- till ? -- Civil War Battle Scenario—Details to be announced later. Downtown Historic District
2:00 PM till -- Living history, public tours camps.
4:00 PM -- Event closes to the public.
Reenactors released with thanks and a safe trip home
Note: Downtown merchants still open
We ask that you PLEASE patronize the local organizations who are providing food this weekend. Without the support of the Legion, the Fire Department and other local not-for-profits we could not host this event!