The sights and sounds of the Civil War will come to life during Tryon Palace’s Civil War Living History Weekend held at the New
Bern Academy Museum Aug. 15-16. Used as part of the Foster General Hospital during the Union occupation of New Bern from 1862-1865, the academy will be home to reenactors, artillery and infantry demonstrations and lectures throughout Civil War Living History Weekend. All of these interpretive activities will help demonstrate the ways in which North Carolinians experienced the war and how they lived during Union occupation.
There will be lectures on several Civil War topics like the Battle of New Bern, blockade runners, surgery during the war, women in the Civil War, and Fort Anderson. Speakers include Civil War historians, reenactors and professors like Grover Godwin, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Lori Sanderlin, Tryon Palace assistant director LeRae Umfleet, and more.
In addition to the special activities at the Academy, Tryon Palace will also hold Civil War themed tours on the Palace grounds and the Civil War-era Hay House will be open on Eden Street. On Saturday evening the artillery and infantry will move to the South Lawn of Tryon Palace for live night firings until 9:30pm. Sunday’s activities will begin with a period church service and continue with more artillery and infantry drills on the academy lawn.
To learn more, visit tryonpalace.org.