Civil War re-enactors prepare for weekend
A full Civil War re-enactment will get underway this weekend, May 19 and 20, at the House on Metolius Meadow.
More than 200 Civil War re-enactors will participate in the living history camps, which present living conditions and circumstances of 1863, as well as battle re-enactments. This is the fifth Civil War living history event held at the site, presented by the Northwest Civil War Council.
The House on Metolius, near Camp Sherman, is a secluded mountain meadow with the wild and scenic Metolius River running through the private property.
The beautiful mountain meadow setting offers more than 5 acres of living history with re-enactors and characters in period clothing and uniforms. Campsites, stores, engineering projects, medical and dental demonstrations, fashion and other activities of the era are displayed as well as Civil War artillery, infantry and cavalry.
Mock battles with cannons and muskets firing real black powder are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The re-enactors also donate their time Friday, May 18, for School Day, when the camps of the blue and gray are open just for students on school field trips.
General admission is $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children, with free admission for children under age 6. Parking is $5 per vehicle to help the Boy Scouts.
The House on Metolius is located off Oregon Highway 126/U.S. Highway 20, 2 miles north of Camp Sherman, off Forest Service Road 1420. Visit www.metolius.com for information on the house.
The Northwest Civil War Council is a nonprofit, living history organization dedicated to educating the public and members about the American Civil War. Through educational drama at the re-enactments, participants discover and learn about history and the people who lived in the 1860s. See www.nwcwc.net for more information.