Bear Creek Plans Sesquicentennial Event

Published 6:06 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, a special American Civil War sesquicentennial event, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. each day at Bear Creek hall located at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County.

Presented by Victorian era re-enactors Barbara Cagle and Nancy Faxon, a museum quality display of artifacts and period clothing will provide insight into the daily lives of children and women, their arts, games, customs, and living conditions. What did they substitute for the foods and medicines they could no longer acquire due to the war? Where are some nearby historical sites, or the remnants of homes now concealed by the Cumberland State Forest?

Visitors can examine the displays on their own, or enjoy a short presentation. Talks will be given at 1 and 3 p.m. A performance of music from the period will be held at 2 p.m. Also on display will be reproductions of clothing and gear used by the military of both the northern and southern armies.

The event is free. Only parking fees apply: $4/vehicle/day; registered overnight guests pay no additional fee. For further information, contact the park at 804-492-4410, or bearcreek@dcr.virginia.gov.