Sunday, September 28, 2008

Heritage Weekend in North Carolina

Event offers a look at the Civil War era

Special to the Times-News

MILLS RIVER - The fifth annual Blue-Gray Heritage Weekend will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Mills River.
Although this year's Civil War living history event is officially the fifth annual, it is actually the successor to an event of the same name held for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s at the historic Woodfield Inn in Flat Rock.
Many people still remember that event and will often ask, "When are you having that reenactment again?" Today the event enjoys a larger site in a beautiful rural setting, with plenty of convenient parking.
The purpose of the event is to teach about the history of the War Between the States era, and is a great place for school children and homeschoolers to learn about the war in Western North Carolina. Presentations will include a display and talk about the evolution of the U.S. flag and the many others used during the war, Civil War medical displays, a ladies' 1860s fashion show and a ladies' tea to highlight the social customs of the day.
The event is hosted by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 70 of Hendersonville. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.