Central Louisiana commemorates the Civil War sesquicentennial

Central Louisiana commemorates the Civil War sesquicentennial

POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 7:04am

The Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and area partners will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War this weekend.

The three day event being held April 27-29, 2012, will include living history demonstrations, camp life tours, re-enactments battles, historical symposium, dinner theatre, and living narratives.

Kent Plantation House and Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site will kick off the event on Friday, April 27, 2012, with living history demonstration and camp life tours for schools and tour groups. Stations of demonstrations will include artillery, Cavalry, Open Hearth Cooking, Blacksmithing, candle making, soap making, and battlefield medicine. Groups will rotate through the stations at both locations in timed intervals to be able to see everything.

Friday evening, Tyrone Plantation will offer a presentation of “The Slave Narratives”, a Works Progress Administration compilation of narratives collected in the 1930s through the Federal Writers’ Project.

Mt. Olivet Chapel and Cemetery will present a Funeral Cortege (Procession) Saturday, April 28, followed by a committal service and monologues from re-enactors telling the stories of Civil War veterans who were laid to rest in the cemetery.

Camp life tours will continue at Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site with a battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. on Saturday. A Symposium will be held in the afternoon at Kent Plantation House on the subject of Life on the Plantation during Union Occupation. The authors participating in the Symposium are Father Chad Partain, Reverend Mike Evans, and Steve Mayeux.

Tyrone Plantation will offer musical variety throughout the afternoon on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday’s activities will conclude with a dinner theatre at Tyrone Plantation. Tickets to the production entitled “Invitation to Dinner with George Mason Graham-The LSU Years” are $25.

Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site will continue camp life tours on Sunday morning and will hold a period religious service. A second battle re-enactment will take place Sunday afternoon.

Also, Sunday afternoon, a tour of homes along Bayou Rapides will be held with four homes on the tour.

The weekend events are being presented by the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kent Plantation House, Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site, Tyrone Plantation and Mt. Olivet Chapel and Cemetery with assistance from the City of Pineville, the City of Alexandria and the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority.

For a complete list of Civil War Sesquicentennial events, visit www.theHeartofLouisiana.com/civilwarevents.cfm.

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