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Civil War Christmas
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Experience holiday life during the Civil War both on the home front, and at a soldiers’ winter encampment. Take a journey through time at Historic Speedwell on Saturday, December 7, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., as re-enactors prepare for the holidays.

On the home front, at the historic Vail House, re-enactors read actual letters from the Union troops to their loved ones. The home has been dressed for the holiday with simple, yet elegant decorations. Move from room to room and take-in the adornments of yesteryear. At the encampment, soldiers from the 2nd NJ Brigade prepare for a holiday away from home. Visit the soldiers and tour their authentically reproduced huts, as they cook a holiday meal over a camp fire.

Bring your dancing shoes because you’re invited to a Civil War era Officer’s Ball, recreated in the 1849 Carriage House with live fiddle music, and a room decorated with pine and ribbon. A period dance instructor teaches re-enactors and visitors how to properly dance these historical pieces. Officers are clad in their best uniforms ready to dance with fashionably dressed women of the period.

With traditional crafts, activities, dancing, and more, you’ll be sure to have a fun-filled day (or two!) at Civil War Christmas. Don’t miss a stop at 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.


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.