Return to the Days of the Civil War This Memorial Day Weekend at Greenfield Village

A Nation Divided: The Civil War Remembrance, May 28-30

DEARBORN, Mich., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — America’s proud, patriotic history becomes a central part of the special Greenfield Village Memorial Day observance with Civil War Remembrance, May 28-30. During Memorial Day weekend explore the origins of this meaningful holiday as Union and Confederate re- enactor troops and civilians march into Greenfield Village. Throughout the weekend visitors go back to the days of the Civil War from cavalry demonstrations to an authentic Civil War era funeral. Greenfield Village is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Civil War Remembrance is free with admission. Admission is $14-$20, children under 5 and members are free.

Special Events Include:

Memorial Day Commemoration: Honor the memory of all the soldiers that made our freedom possible at this touching commemoration. During this ceremony The Henry Ford will officially adopt the 24th Michigan National Battle Flag that was used in the Civil War. Come celebrate this amazing relic of the Battle of Gettysburg. Following the playing of our national anthem, historian William Hendricks explains the origins of the holiday and recites the historic poem “The Blue and the Gray.” This special tribute to the soldiers of the Civil War should not be missed.

Village Green – Monday 12 p.m.

An Invitation to a Funeral: Thousands of soldiers lost their lives fighting in the Civil War, but how their families paid their last respects were very different from today. Stop by the Adams House to pay your respects and learn about the customs of laying out the deceased at home. See the details that went into mourning the loss of a soldier.

Adams House – All Day

Camp Life: The soldiers of the Civil War brought a touch of home with them in the camps during the Civil War. Walk into the campsites of the Union and Confederate soldiers. See where these men did everything from care for their weapons and gear to cooking their meals and washing their clothes.

Throughout the Village – All Day

Cavalry Demonstration: See and hear about the lives of the mounted soldiers during the Civil War. Members of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade will demonstrate feats of skill and precision at Walnut Grove.

Walnut Grove – 2 p.m. Daily

What We Wore, Fashions of the Past: Learn about what men, women and children might have worn during the period of the Civil War. Be at the Village Pavilion as historian Beth Turza narrates this amazing show.

Village Pavilion – 12:30 p.m.

The Door

What was life like on a plantation before emancipation? It was a world of double standards for the plantation owner’s family and for the enslaved people who worked in the fields, barns and kitchens. Step back in time and learn about plantation life from the points-of-view of a house servant and mistress of the house in the 15-minute play.

Susquehanna Plantation – 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Cavalry Demonstration: Come and see why the cavalry became a feared foe in battle and integral part of the union victory. Members of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade demonstrate feats of skill and precision at Walnut Grove.

Walnut Grove – 2 p.m.

Finding Your Civil War Ancestors: Are you related to a Civil War soldier? Bring your Civil War photos to Town Hall for local Civil War photographic historian Dale Nelson to examine and tell you more about them.

Town Hall – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.

Fall In!: Come sit around the Village Green and watch the Union and Confederate troops take their turn and practice marching and drills. Witness the precision and skill of these troops.

Village Green
Confederate Troops: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Union Troops: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Camp Chase Drum & Fife Corp: Music played a key role in military life. The troops depended on musicians for battle field orders and entertainment. Listen as the Camp Chase Drum and Fife Corp play as an inspiring collection of military songs fill the Village with the sounds of the Civil War near the Scotch Settlement School.

Scotch Settlement School
Sunday & Monday: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Dodworth Saxhorn Reserve Band: The Dodworth Saxhorn Reserve Band will perform popular 19th century music that roused the heart and rallied the troops. The band will perform near the Village Pavilion surrounded by the troops and all the activities in the Village Green.

Village Pavilion – 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Greenfield Village is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission to Greenfield Village: $14-$20 Children under 5 and members are admitted free. For a complete listing of events, times and ticket information visit or call (313) 982-6001.

There are more reasons than ever to become a member of The Henry Ford. Annual memberships start at as little as $39. Members receive unlimited admission to Greenfield and Henry Ford Museum and much more.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. For more information please visit our website .

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