Red Mill Museum Village to Host Civil War Day April 2

The Red Mill Museum Village will be hosting its Civil War Day on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature Civil War reenactors, first person portrayals, activities for all ages, and Civil War era artifacts to provide visitors with an interactive lesson on the War Between the States. The event is included with regular museum admission.

This year’s Civil War Day will include reenactors as both Union and Confederate soldiers, who will talk to visitors about the war and conduct artillery and canon demonstrations. In addition to reenactors, there will be interactive workshops on nineteenth century life, candle making, herb garden demonstrations, a blacksmith, and nineteenth century school activities. Civil War Day will also feature acclaimed historical musician Matthew Dodd, who will present music and stories of the Civil War. Visitors will also be able to view objects from the era that are held in the museum’s collection.

In addition to the activities of the day, the Red Mill Museum Village will be opening one of its temporary exhibits for the year—Sunny Side Up. The exhibit discusses breakfast at the turn of the century and showcases some of the jewels of the museum’s collection, including a cast iron cook-stove, a beautiful nineteenth century china set, and a “Whatsit Wall,” where guests can guess the use of early kitchen gadgets. Sunny Side Up and Civil War Day mark the beginning of 2016 as a year focusing on food—Taste the Past at the Red Mill Museum Village this summer!

Starting on April 1st, the Red Mill Museum Village will again be open 6 days a week. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, active duty military, and veterans, $6 for children 6 to 12, and free for museum members and children under 6. For more information on Civil War Day and 2016 events, contact Tim Betz, Curator of Public Programs, at 908-735-4101, extension 102.