Harmon Field Heritage Days

Published 6:13 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Students from local schools participate in Harmon Field Heritage Days in 2011. This year’s Educational Days will be March 22 and 23. (photo submitted by Lorna Dever)

Educational days March 22-23
Visitors to Harmon Field March 22-25 will travel to the 1800s during Harmon Field Heritage Days.
They can visit a Civil War encampment along the Pacolet River that looks much the same as it would have during the days of Stoneman’s Raid, watch soldiers drill each morning and listen as they discuss battle plans. Visitors can even share food with the troops during Supper with the Soldiers on Saturday, March 24.
“This is our fourth annual Harmon Field Heritage Days,” said event organizer Lorna Dever, “and it keeps growing bigger and better every year.”

Student days
On Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, area students will learn about crafts and games during the 1800s. They will also visit the Civil War encampment to learn about life as a soldier during the Civil War. If you home school your children, you can register them for the student days by calling 828-894-3370 or 828-817-1544.

General public activities
On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, Harmon Field will be open to the general public, offering activities for the whole family all day.
Soldiers will drill at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. They will hold a skirmish called the Battle Between the Blue and the Gray at 2 p.m. on both days. Other demonstrations will happen throughout both days as visitors wander through the encampment.
Supper with the Soldiers will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday. For a small recommended donation, visitors can enjoy a baked potato bar with all the fixings and sides.  Soldiers from both the Confederate and the Union armies eat together, and they stay in character through the meal.
“Last year, soldiers got into a funny competition, arguing back and forth about whether southerners or northerners ate more,” Dever said.
The 1800s life continues on Sunday at Harmon Field throughout the day.
The Harmon Field Civil War Museum and the Harmon Field Museum, featured in previous years, will not be open this year.
Harmon Field Heritage Days is offered free to students and the public thanks to a general grant from the Harmon Foundation and a donation from American Legion Memorial Post 250.
For more information, call 828-894-3370 or 828-817-1544, e-mail serendipitykids@gmail.com or visit serendipitykidsranch.com/heritagedays.htm.
– article submitted by Lorna Dever

After losing most of their troops, the Gray Army surrenders to the Blue Army in the battle held at the 2011 Harmon Field Heritage Days. The battle will be held this year at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. (photo submitted by Lorna Dever)

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