If you are a history enthusiast or looking for an affordable and educational weekend activity, the “Civil War Christmas in Camp at the Fort Ward Museum in Alexandria, Virginia may be the perfect leisure activity to experience.
Enjoy some hot mulled cider as you explore this educational and historical event. The program will feature a variety of fun and educational activities for all ages. Learn about the history of Santa Claus from historian and interpreter Kevin Rawlings, who portrays a patriotic Union Santa Claus based on a period woodcut engraving from Harper’s Weekly. Re-enactors will interpret how soldiers celebrated the holiday, including opening Christmas boxes from home, decorating living quarters in camp and more. And, weather permitting, soldier-led tours of the fort will be offered.
A Civil War Santa will listen to children’s holiday wishes, read “The Night Before Christmas,” and visit troops in camp. If you have children, they will have an opportunity to create a Victorian ornament or greeting card, and see examples of period ornaments on the Museum’s Victorian tree.
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013,12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $2.00 per person.
Where: Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA
For more information, please contact the Museum at 703-746-4848
or click here to visit their website.