Harmon Foundation sponsors Harmon Field Heritage Days Civil War camp, reenactment

Published 11:07 pm Thursday, March 19, 2015

Harmon Foundation has given another generous donation to make it possible for everyone to enjoy Harmon Field Heritage Days Civil War Camp and Reenactment again this year. Troops and sutlers will begin setting up camp March 25 as they prepare for this year’s event.


The event begins with Educational Days on March 26 at 11:30 a.m. and March 27 at 8:30 a.m. On those days more than 500 students will learn about crafts and other interesting activities during the Civil War era, along with learning what it was like to be a soldier during the war.

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Troops from the 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry, Carolina Independent Battery, 1st Federal Marines, and 22nd North Carolina Troops Company B, along with Tryon Arts and Crafts, Possum Holler Sutlery, and Marilyn McMinn-McCredie will be helping with the Educational Days. If you have school-aged children and would like to bring them, please call Lorna at 828-817-1544 to get them registered.


The Civil War Camp will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to come and visit the troops as they live their life during the war.


Special activities during the weekend will include company drill at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28; music on the battlefield at 3 p.m. on Saturday; supper with the soldiers at 5 p.m. on Saturday (suggested donation of $5/adult and $3/child for those not in period attire); and a church service with the troops at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 29. Both Saturday and Sunday will have a reenactment of the Battle of Stoneman’s Raid at 2 p.m. Be sure to come and see which side wins the battle!


Music on the battlefield will be provided by Carol Rifkin and John Fowler who co-host This Old Porch on WNCW, along with Jeanette Queen who is part of Jackson County’s singing Queen Family. You won’t want to miss this special time as they bring a program full of history, laughter, songs, stories, string band music, participatory dance, conversation and off the cuff humor.


Come enjoy this weekend as we walk back in time and enjoy life in the late 1800s. For more information, please contact Lorna Dever at 828-817-1544.


– Submitted by Lorna Dever