December 2019

Illuminations at Wilson’s Creek and Antietam, candlelight tours in NC and KS, Civil War Santa, much much more.

| Updated 19 December 2019 |


NC  Living history, “A Walk Through Christmas Past,” special tours at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. 6-8 pm. Timed adult tickets $10. historicsites.nc.gov/events/css-neuse-presents-walk-through-christmas-past

6-7  KS  Candlelight tour at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. Tours highlight various historical periods including “Bleeding Kansas” and Civil War. Tours leave every 15 minutes 6:30-9 pm. Tickets, more info: nps.gov/fosc

6-7  TN  Holiday Open House, living history and more at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP. 6-8 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

  Living history, “Christmas at the Forts,” at Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site in Pineville. Recreates the 1864 holiday. 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/forts-randolph-buhlow-state-historic-site/index

GA Ranger program, “Life of the Common Soldier,” at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/kemo 

MD  Lecture, “Active and Efficient: The Stretcher Bearers and Ambulance Drivers,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. Demonstrations 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org/event/ambulancedrivers

7  MD   Annual Memorial Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Driving tour featuring 23,000 candles. Begins 6 pm. Expect delays, long lines. Visitor center closes 3 pm. Free. nps.gov/anti

NC  Victorian Open House at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. Historic decorations and traditions. 10 am-4 pm. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/victorian-open-house-css-neuse-free-day

NC  Holiday Open House at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach. 19th-century dancing, history of Santa Claus and more. 10 am-4 pm. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/friends-fort-fisher-holiday-open-house-2019

NC  Living history candlelight tour, “Fort Branch Civil War Christmas,” at Fort Branch Civil War Site, 3 miles southeast of Hamilton on the Roanoke River. 7 pm.  fortbranchcivilwarsite.com/PDFs/2019-EventSchedule.pdf

NC  Living history, “A Civil War Christmas,” at the Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks. Opens 10 am. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/civil-war-christmas-bentonville-battlefield-0

7 VA Living history, “A Christmas Past,” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Historic Santa Claus, kids’ activities, Christmas in the soldiers’ camp and more. 9 am-5 pm. Free with site admission. pamplinpark.org

7  VA  Living history, “Christmas on the Farm,” 1864 at the Bushong Farm on the New Market battlefield in New Market. 10 am-3 pm. Free with park admission. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

7  FL  Living history, “Union Garrison,” camp and demonstrations at the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 9 am-noon. Free with admission. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

7-8    Holiday Open House at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington. Music and tours of the Anderson House 5-8 pm Saturday, tours Sunday noon- 4pm. mostateparks.com/event/83196/holiday-open-house

7-8   TN  Civil War show artifacts and other material for sale a the Williamson County Ag Expo Park in Franklin. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-3 pm Sunday. $10/adult. mkshows.com

7-8   WV  Living history, “Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects for Peace,” at the Harpers Ferry NHP. 11 am-5 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe

7-8  PA  “Holiday at the House, Gettysburg Christmas Festival,” at the Rupp House History Center in Gettysburg. 10 am-4 pm. Free. gettysburgfoundation.org/exhibits-tours-events/special-events#Illumination

TN  Seminar at Fort Negley, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville. Topics range from the Tennessee Campaign to Confederate Privateers. Begins 9:30 am. Free for members of museum or other history group members. bonps.org/events

8  VA Open house, “Court End Christmas,” annual festival at Richmond’s most historic neighborhood. Includes White House of the Confederacy. Noon-4 pm. Free. acwm.org

9  VA Lecture, “Plenty of Blame to Share,” Burnside at Fredericksburg, at Triple Crossing Beer, 5203 Hatcher St, Richmond. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org

13-14 GA Book discussion and signing, Yankee Hotel, a Story of Andersonville, at the Avery Gallery, 390 Roswell St, Marietta. 5-8 pm Friday, 2-5 pm Sunday. Free. averygallery.com

14    Living history, “A Civil War Christmas,” with soldiers, kids’ activities and Santa Claus, at the Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road, Checotah. 3-5 pm. Free. okhistory.org/calendar/event/a-civil-war-christmas

14  Luminary at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Springfield. Driving tour by candlelight. Opening ceremony 4:30 pm, tour 5:15-9:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/wicr

14    Living history “Meet Father Christmas, 1860s Holiday,” at the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. Living history with “Father Christmas” (Santa). 2-5:30 pm. mostateparks.com/event/81966/meet-father-christmas-1860s-holiday-event

14  TN  “Christmas on the Cumberland (1860s),” interactive special program at the Dover House, at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield near Dover. 10 am-2 pm. Free. nps.gov/fodo

14  GA  Ranger program, “The Western and Atlantic Railroad,” at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/kemo 

14  GA  Living history, “Christmas at the Cabin,” Civil War holiday civilian life with Civil War Santa at the Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dallas. 10 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=36

14  GA  Living history, “Winter Muster,” at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. Camps, demonstrations and skirmishes 10 am-5 pm. “Final assault” at 5 pm. $9. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

14  SC  Living history, infantry demonstrations at the Fort Moultrie parade ground. 11 am and 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/fosu

14 VA Walking tours, “Battle of Fredericksburg,” anniversary walks focus on pontoon bridges (9:30 am), Marye’s Heights (12:30 pm) and Prospect Hill (3 pm). Free. nps.gov/frsp

14  VA Museum crawl in Richmond. Includes the American Civil War Museum/Tredegar, White House of the Confederacy, Virginia Museum of History & Culture and many more. Free during regular hours. acwm.org

14 VA Living history, “Victorian Christmas,” at Ellwood on the Wilderness Battlefield near Routes 3 and 20 west of Fredericksburg. Period Santa (9 am-noon), period decorations and kids’ activities. 9 am-2 pm. Free. fowb.org

14  VA  Living history, “Christmas in Camp,” at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site in Alexandria. Camp, tours and historic Santa. Noon-4 pm. $2. apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=27651

14  VA  Lecture, “Major General John Bankhead Magruder,”at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with $1 museum admission. marinersmuseum.org

14  NC  Living history and candlelight tour, “Christmas in the Piedmont,” at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm. Candlelight tour 6-8 pm. $3/adult. historicsites.nc.gov/events?tid_1=4

14  MD  “Museums by Candlelight,” special programs, exhibits in Frederick museums. Noon-5 pm. visitfrederick.org

15  GA  Walking tour, “Assault Trail Hike,” at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw (begins at Area 3 parking)  2:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo 

15 VA Walking tours, “Battle of Fredericksburg,” anniversary walks follow the Irish Brigade (11:30 am) and a Remembrance Walk (2 pm). Free. nps.gov/frsp

21  GA  Walking tour, “Mountaintop Hike,” on Big Kennesaw Mountain at the at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/kemo  

21 VA Living history, “Civil War Santa,” with seasonal military and civilian demonstrations at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg. Noon-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/frsp

21  MD  Lecture, “Christmas and the Civil War,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org/event/christmas

22  GA  Ranger program, “A Civil War Christmas,” at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo  

27 TN Talk and cake, “125th anniversary of Shiloh National Military Park,”  at the Shiloh NMP. Ranger talk and celebration. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

26-31  TN  Anniversary living history, tours and ranger talks at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Schedule: nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

29  GA  Ranger program, “Civil War Hygiene: Silent But Deadly,” at the Kennesaw Mountain NBP in Kennesaw. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo