Civil War History Weekend

Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, April 28, 2017

 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Explore Living History Displays set up on the Town Park.

Reenactors will be setting up camp as they arrive for this year’s Civil War History Weekend. You are invited to sneak a peak behind the scenes as they set up. Explore living History Camps with displays of period tents and shelter methods plus other presentations by the Botetourt Artillery and other units.

12 PM & 6 PM – Artillery Demonstration

 

7:00 PMMain Street Skirmish– Word spreads throughout the Town of General Hunter’s fiery raid on the city of Lexington and the burning of VMI. Scouts arrive in town crossing the James River to be held back by General McCausland’s troops. Witness the chaos as cavalry arrive on Main Street where fighting breaks out near the Buchanan Theatre in the heart of the business community.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

In addition to Civil War activities, explore Community Market Booths set up on sidewalks along Main Street. Check out Merchant Sidewalk Sales.

 8:00am – 10:00am
“Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/ Community HouseReenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, located at 421 Lowe Street. Breakfast is served from 8:00am through 10:00am. All proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.

 

9:00 am – Camps Open – Enjoy a full day of family activities. Civil War Era Camps will open in the morning and remain open throughout the day.

Special displays and reenactments highlight the life and times of the Civil War Era and life in Buchanan. Enjoy Guest Speakers, period music & costumed reenactors.

Watch the chaos reenacted on Main Street throughout the day as word of eminent arrival of Hunters troops, explore Sutler’s Row on the Town Park where vendors set up to sell period wares and the Community Market on Main Street.

 10:00 amOpening Ceremony – As church bells ring, Reenactors and guests will be welcomed to Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend. The Ceremony will be held at the Buchanan Bicentennial Gazebo on the Town Park on Lowe Street.

10:45 am Off to War

11:00 am – Author Ed McCoy will make a presentation at the Historic Wilson Warehouse on his newly released book followed by a book signing.

11:00 am “Victorian Fashion Show at UDC Pavillion” – During the Civil War, women were expected to continue dressing in the same fashion as before the war despite having limited to no income. Learn how to stretch your dollars and have a period correct outfit for your activities.  Held in the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park with guest speaker Debbie Sifford.

11:00 am “Main Street Chaos”   – Word spreads throughout the Town of General Hunter’s fiery raid on the city of Lexington and the burning of VMI. General McCausland and his troops fight to prevent Hunter’s troops from advancing by filling the covered bridge with straw and lamp oil, setting the bridge on fire delaying the troops. Others escape to blast the hillside leading toLiberty further delaying Hunter’s Troops. Witness the chaos as citizens struggle to save their homes and stores.

11:30 am – Citizens robbed of food on Main Street

12:00 pm Explosive Situation on Main Street

12:00 pm – Author Ed McCoy will make a presentation at the Historic Wilson Warehouse on his newly released book followed by a book signing.

12:30pm Billy Yank and Johnny Reb on Main Street

1:00 pm Coffin on Main Street

1:30 am “Main Street Chaos”   – Word spreads throughout the Town of General Hunter’s fiery raid on the city of Lexington and the burning of VMI. General McCausland and his troops fight to prevent Hunter’s troops from advancing by filling the covered bridge with straw and lamp oil, setting the bridge on fire delaying the troops. Others escape to blast the hillside leading toLiberty further delaying Hunter’s Troops. Witness the chaos as citizens struggle to save their homes and stores.

 

3:00 p.m. Battle of Buchanan– See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of Confederate General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to delay Union General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley. As Hunter’s troops ford the river upstream, McCausland troops hold their ground. As the Buchanan Turnpike Bridge burns destroying approximately thirty homes and businesses, troops blast the mountainside blocking passage along the ridge road leading from Buchanan to Liberty.

4:00pm Field of Lost Shoes in Buchanan Theatre

7:30 PM– Buchanan Theatre Movie

 

8:00pm Camp Dance – Enjoy taking part in, or, just watching as musicians play period music and everyone gathers for a dance on the lawn in front of Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street.

Enjoy the performance of Civil War era tunes performed by local musicians. Light refreshments will be available. Come in period costume, or, just as you are. There will be a mix of called dances and uncalled dances.

Free Admission, everyone invited to participate, or, just enjoy watching activities or talk.

 

9:00pm Camp Bon Fire on Town Park

Sunday, April 30, 2017

8:00am – 10:00am
“Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House” – Reenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building that was used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, join us at 421 Lowe Street.

Breakfast is being served from 8:00am through 10:00am. General admission is $5 with all proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.

 

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9:00 am
Camp Church Services– Public Invited!

Experience a period church service where a Chaplain portrays a 19th century, back county circuit rider. Service will be held at the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park. Experience a glimpse of the role of religion in the Civil War while witnessing a firsthand reenactment of troop services.

 

1:30 pm Battle Of Buchanan– See the flash, smell the smoke and feel cannons roar as reenact the June 13, 1864 Battle of Buchanan. Union troops gathered on the North bank of the James River in Pattonsburg while Confederate troops delayed Hunter’s arrival with the firing of the Covered Bridge and battle response from Oak Hill. Battle to take place on the Buchanan Town Park. Admission by donation.