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Due to safety concerns, today’s Battle of Forks Road reenactment has been canceled. Learn about camp life by visiting the reenactors in their camps.

Cameron Art Museum Presents the 10th Annual Civil War Living History Weekend

Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Forks Road
Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th beginning at 10 a.m.

For the 10th consecutive year Cameron Art Museum presents the Annual Civil War Living History Weekend which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Battle of Forks Road. This year’s theme “Forks Road…The Beginning of the End” highlights this significant Battle which is re-enacted on both days by uniformed Union, U. S. Colored Troop (U.S.C.T.) and Confederate re-enactors. The event takes place Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with galleries open until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., though the museum remains open until 5:00 p.m.

The weekend’s activities also include an opening ceremony on Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. with Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Beech, U.S.C.T. reenactor, followed by a lecture by Professor Glen Harris on, “Civil War to Civil Rights” at 11:00 a.m. Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Huckleberry Brothers will perform traditional and popular mid-19th century music along with a Community Contra Dance on the dance floor. Programming specifically for kids and families is on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, “Voices from the Front” present memorable readings from period letters and journals in the Wilmington Area. Then on Sunday at 12:00 p.m., Professor Chris Fonvielle presents a lecture on, “The Wilmington Campaign.”

Additionally featured at the museum's battle site and museum grounds are two-days of historic-themed music, food vendors, blacksmith, kids and family programming, camp life, sutlers, demonstrations of pottery making, spinning wheel, basket making, along with lectures, archaeology dig, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, roll call of those who served and more. All events are free and open to the public.


If you would like to participate in 2015's Anniversary Event, email Johnnie McKoy at

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