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The Civil War Trust recommends events and activities at some of America's most famous battlefields and historic sites

Meg Martin, 202-367-1861 x7231

November 14, 2016

(Washington, D.C.) – This December, Americans throughout the country will celebrate the holiday season.  In honor of this festive time, the Civil War Trust – America’s premier battlefield preservation organization – recommends nine activities at historic attractions nationwide.

December 3: A Colonial Christmas at Fort Morris, Midway, Georgia
Fort Morris played a role in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Kick off the holiday season with colonial refreshments, eighteenth-century music, a bonfire, carols, and firing of the Christmas guns. More information:

December 3: Holiday Open House at the Cravens House, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
Visit the Cravens House at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to learn about some of the experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers and their families after the Battles for Chattanooga. The Cravens House will be decorated with period holiday décor. More information:

December 3: A Civil War Christmas at Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks, North Carolina
Come celebrate a Civil War Christmas at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. Costumed military interpreters will be available to discuss how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family. More information:

December 3 & 4: Candy Making Workshop at Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Get ready for the holidays with a Victorian candy-making workshop. Learn the art and mystery of the confectioner’s Yuletide trade. Explore the world of sugar work and make clear toy candy. More information:

December 3 & 4: Anderson House Christmas at Battle of Lexington Site, Lexington, Missouri
The Battle of Lexington took place in September 1861 during the Civil War. Tour the Anderson House, which played an integral role in the battle, while it is decorated for the holidays. On Saturday, enjoy candlelight tours and piano music. An open house will be held on Sunday as part of the Lexington Christmas Homes Tour. More information:

December 9: Holiday Open House at Longfellow House, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Visit the house where George Washington took command of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Take a leisurely walk through the decorated rooms, stroll around the illuminated grounds, listen to your favorite carols, and enjoy complimentary refreshments and holiday-themed arts and crafts in the Carriage House. More information:

December 10: Antebellum Saint Nicholas at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield, Rice, Virginia
Have your photograph taken with the Civil War era's "Antebellum Saint Nicholas," and make some festive arts and crafts. The park will also be serving holiday snacks and warm beverages. More information:

December 10: Holiday House Tour and Tasting, The Inns of the Gettysburg Area
Tour historic homes, inns and properties beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The restored Mary Thompson House at Robert E. Lee’s headquarters will be open for participants to tour. All proceeds from the sale of tickets benefit a Gettysburg area charity. Tickets can be purchased online:

December 11: Holiday Open House at Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, Ohio
Enjoy holiday music, refreshments and hands-on activities. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be onsite to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. More information:

For more events, check the National Park Service centennial events calendar at, visit your state park website or search for museums and historic sites near you.

The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds.  Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  To date, the Trust has preserved over 43,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states.