The Battle of Forks Road


Living History Schedule

The grounds at Cameron Art Museum will be filled with historic-themed music, food vendors, blacksmith, kids and family programming, camp life, sutlers, demonstrations of pottery making, spinning wheel, basket making, along with lectures, battle site tours, archaeological dig, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, roll call of those who served and more. This event is FREE.



Saturday February 7th 2015

  • 10:00 AM  Opening Ceremony with Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Beech, U.S.C.T. reenactor
  • 11:00 AM  Professor Glen Harris lecture, “Civil War to Civil Rights”
  • 11:00 AM  Kids and Family programming
  • 11:00 AM  Battle Site Tour
  • 1:00 PM  Carolyn Evans - Member of the North Carolina Association Of Black Storytellers.
  • 3:00 PM  Battle of Forks Road Reenactment
  • 5:00 PM  Voices from the Front, readings from period letters and journals in the Wilmington Area
  • 6:00 PM  Leni Sloan – “Shall We Gather at the River?”- A Civil War Songbook.
  • 7:00 PM  Community Contra Dance with The Huckleberry Brothers performing traditional and popular mid-19th century music

Sunday Febraury 8th 2015

  • 10:00 AM  Grounds and Museum Open
  • 11:00 AM  Kids and Family programming
  • 12:00 PM  Professor Chris Fonvielle lecture, “The Wilmington Campaign”
  • 1:00 PM  Battle of Forks Road reenactment


Community Contra Dance and Performance by
The Huckleberry Brothers, traditional and popular mid-19th century music on Saturday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m.


The Huckleberry Brothers will also be in concert on Saturday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m. as part of Cameron Art Museum’s 10th Annual Civil War Living History Weekend: Forks Road…The Beginning of the End. Headquartered in the rural coastal plains of eastern North Carolina, the Huckleberry Brothers band was formed to explore their interest in traditional and popular music of mid-19th century America after meeting as American Civil War reenactors. The group’s name Huckleberry Brothers was chosen because “We wanted something that would not be distinct to either North or South, nor militaristic sounding…Huckleberries are both blue and gray on the outside…”


The music is composed of songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes from the 1700’s through 1865 performed on authentically reproduced instruments designed and created in the materials of the mid-1800s. They include 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle, harmonicas, bones and tambourine. For more information about the Huckleberry Brothers visit: www.huckleberrybrothers.com. This event is free and open to the public. Dance and performance in the Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.


Participating Sutlers

North State Haberdashery - Pyatt Herbs & Things - Rhett & Scarlett - Bughill Sutler - Possum Hollow - Blacksmith - Cookery



Schedule Subject to Change. All events unless noted are FREE of charge.