SPENCER — This Saturday, Oct. 27, the N.C. Transportation Museum will be hosting activities that take visitors back to time when the country was on the brink of collapse, brother fought brother, and a house was divided against itself.
The Mecklenburg Beauregards Civil War Encampment and Ladies Tea will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission cost applies. Demonstrations and displays will explore life for traveling troops during the Civil War, artillery use, life for the ladies left at home, toys, fashion and mourning customs.
Visitors can also participate in the Ladies Tea Ceremony. These 30-minute programs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. will include tea, light hors d’oeuvres, and a 15-minute discussion on a lady’s life during the Civil War. The ceremony is limited to 15 people per session and costs $5 per person in addition to museum admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling LeAnne Johnson at (704) 636-2889 ext. 258. Ladies Tea tickets will also be available on the day of the event, if any remain.
Through the rest of the site, re-enactors will be set up in the field by the parking lot, showing life on the move for a Civil War solider. With a full camp set up and soldiers in period costume, it will be a true look back in time. The Mecklenburg Beauregards will also have an artillery demonstration at noon, firing period weapons.
Mourning demonstrations will be nearby, with a show of how those who were lost in battle were remembered in those days.
On the lighter side, toy displays will show period play things with volunteers discussing the differences and similarities between toys of the past and toys of today.
Ladies laundry and cooking demonstrations will take place behind the museum’s Master Mechanic’s Office. Red beans and rice will be cooking over the fire. Scrub boards will be put to work, while men’s period under-drawers, uniform pants, shirts, socks and coats will be hung out to dry.
Ladies fashion displays — including undergarments, period wedding dresses, ball gowns, period cloaks and more — will be shown in the Master Mechanic’s Office.
All in all, the day plans to be a deep look back at life during the Civil War, both for those going to battle and those left at home.
All activities, with the exception of the Ladies Tea Ceremony, are included with regular museum admission. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military and $4 for children 3-12. Admission including a 25 minute train ride around the museum property is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military and $8 for children. Ages 2 and under are free.
This program is offered in conjunction with North Carolina’s Civil War Sesquicentennial observances.
The N.C. Transportation Museum is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.