Friday, December 9th. During the war both soldiers and civilians tried to celebrate the holiday. Soldiers would decorate their winter quarter with what they had on hand and looked forward to receiving packages from home. For southern families the blockade, rising prices, shortages as well as thoughts of their loved ones away from home made celebrating the holiday more difficult. Bennett Place State Historic Site will give voice to the soldiers and civilians, men and women, attempting to celebrate the holiday with a special event. There will be guided candlelight tours every 20 minutes around the property. The tour will take visitors into the field to watch as Union and Confederate soldiers hold a truce and exchange items. Following that, the tour will take the visitor to the historic Bennett home where they will watch and listen as family members try to prepare food as well as decorate their house and keep the holiday spirit going. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available at the visitor center. Hours are 6:00pm to 9:00pm Cost: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-16 Children under 5 – FREE
Saturday December 10th. 10:00am until 5:00pm Join them as they celebrate the Christmas season at the Bennett Farm. Living historians, Confederate soldiers, and civilians will recreate the atmosphere of the 19th century with a military encampment, cooking and other domestic demonstrations of the era. Ole St. Nick will make a visit to the Bennett Farm for children to come visit with him and share their Christmas Wish Lists. For more information, call (919) 383-4345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com.
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