On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25thSky Meadows State Parkwelcomes re-enactors from the 13th Virginia, Company I for a Civil War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Civil War Re-enactors at Sky Meadows State Park
From 2011 through 2015, the nation commemorates the Virginia State Parks joins in this effort by presenting programsshedding light on how Virginians, both combatants and civilians, experienced the war.
In 2012, the focus of Sky Meadows State Park will present special programs and eventsoffering a glimpse at life here at Mount Bleak Farm and in the surrounding area during 1862. We begin this year’s program season with a weekend of programs in March depicting life during wartime.
Playing Graces was a popular game during the Civil War era. Find out about this and more at Sky Meadows State Park.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of a company on campaign. Interact with costumed re-enactors as they perform daily tasks of the infantry. Activities may include recruitment and enlistment ceremonies, unit drills, signal flag and weapons demonstrations, and camp cooking. Get up-close and personal with history on March 24 and 25.
On Saturday, March 24, the park will present the first program in a year-long series: In Her Own Words – Life During Wartime. Amanda Edmonds, niece to Abner and MarySettle (builders of Mount Bleak House), kept a journal from 1857 to 1867, and in it she recorded her thoughts as the world around her fell apart and changed dramatically. This program series brings her thoughts to life.
Amanda Edmonds Edmonds, niece to Abner and Mary Settle (builders of Mount Bleak House)
Journey back to 1862 with our costumed interpreters and hear Amanda’s journal entries read aloud. Discover, through her own words, how this teenager experienced the Civil War from her Northern Virginia home. The program will take place on the back porch of Mount Bleak House at 12:00 p.m. Immediately following the reading, please join us for a Sesquicentennial Social on the back lawn of Mount Bleak House. Take part in the fun with 19th Century games and enjoy seasonal refreshments.
All programs are free and open to the public.
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Sky Meadows State Park is located at 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144-0710. The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park entrance is on State Route 710.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, 45 minutes to one hour; D.C., over one hour; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, three hours; Roanoke, two and a half hours.
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: This park offers year-round primitive hike-in tent camping. Reservations are required. There are no cabins or developed campsites with hookups at this park. To make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.