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A Civil War Christmas
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Experience life during the Civil War at Christmas time on both the home front and at a soldier’s winter encampment on Saturday, December 1 from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.  and Sunday, December 2 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. At the encampment, visit and speak with soldiers from the 2nd NJ Brigade as they prepare for a holiday away from home. Walk inside their authentically reproduced huts, and watch them cook a holiday meal over a camp fire.

On the reverse side, you’ll get a feel for the home life during this period as well. Listen to the family read actual letters from Union troops written to their loved ones at the Vail home and see how it was decorated during the Civil War.

Attend a Civil War era Officer’s Ball, recreated in the 1849 Carriage House with live fiddle music, room decorated with pine and ribbon. An authentic period dance instructor teaches re-enactors and visitors on how to properly dance these historical pieces. Officers are clad in their best uniforms ready to dance with fashionably dressed women from the period.

With traditional crafts, treats, and more, you’ll be sure to have a full-day (or two) of entertainment. Also visit the Speedwell Gift Shop for unique stocking stuffers and holiday decorations.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $5 for children ages 4 to 16. For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.