MUMFORD – Genesee Country Village and Museum will be a battle ground this weekend for infantry and cavalry as the museum sets their time machine for 1865.
According to a press release from GCV&M, visitors will go to exactly 150 years ago, and the historic village will take on the guise of a border town. Re-enactor civilians will be busy with trying to maintain a normal life dealing with the wartime shortages, mixing school lessons and farm duties with rallies, sewing for soldiers, caring for the wounded and dealing with solders encamped around their homes.
Each day will have two battles. At 11:30 a.m. the South Field Battle will feature mounted cavalrymen and artillery defending the surrounding community from being blasted by cannon shells.
At 2:00 p.m., the infantry will maneuver around houses and shops, over fences, and through enemy lines as one side defends the village from being stormed.
Townsfolk occupying the village will offer musical concerts, specialty shopping and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. This year, the event will feature a special visit from President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by professional historian Fritz Klein. Lincoln will walks the grounds, inspects the Federal troops, tell tall tales to the children, and more.
Lincoln’s schedule for both days includes:
10:30 – 11:15 am Lincoln tells tall tales (Balloon Camp)
12:15 – 12:45 pm Meet & Greet with The President (Admissions)
1:00 pm Fashion Show (Carriage Museum) – modeling Lincoln’s attire
3:15 pm Lincoln’s Final Address followed by Q&A (Village Square Stage): Lincoln’s original “Reconstruction” speech given April 11, 1865 just days before his assassination.
The military camps will also be open for inspection during the day. Mounted cavalrymen will be parading about on campus and warming up for the afternoon battle. In the morning, the artillery commanders will host a firing demonstration prior to the first battle. At 1:00 p.m. both days of the program, there will be a fashion show in the carriage museum demonstrating the day wear and evening wear worn by both women and men during the 1860s.
Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. both days of the event.