Civil War Day
May 19th 2023, although it will feel like 1864.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”— Abraham Lincoln,
Join Us For Civil War Day!
Join us for a thrilling journey back in time as we explore the monumental conflict that split America in two, dividing states and families alike. At Riley's Farm, our vast fields and orchards provide the perfect backdrop for an immersive Civil War Day experience, led by our team of knowledgeable living historians. Through hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations, your group will gain a deeper understanding of what life was like during the Civil War era and the impact it had on the nation as a whole.
The day kicks off with a lively town meeting, where your group will be transported back to the Maryland State Assembly, debating the crucial issues of the day and ultimately deciding whether to secede, join the Union, or remain neutral. With all sides given the chance to argue their points, this is an exciting and educational way to kick off the day.
After the assembly, you will have the opportunity to interact with Confederate and Union soldiers, who will share stories about their home states and the challenges they faced during the war. Through activities like regiment drills, visits to the surgeon's infirmary, and lessons in 19th-century etiquette, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the realities of life during the Civil War.
As the day progresses, you'll visit various camp posts, each offering a different perspective on the conflict. And, after working up an appetite, you'll be treated to a soldier's ration of lemonade, cornbread, cheese, an apple, and dried beef. Additional food purchases are available at our Packing Shed bakery to supplement the ration.
Finally, the day culminates in a large-scale mock battle, reenacting the Battle of Malvern Hill. Armed with muskets, your students will fight for their home and land as Southerners, or uphold the Union and fight to keep the country together as Northerners. Led into battle by one of our commanding officers, this is a thrilling and unforgettable way to bring history to life.
Doer Day Students and Families:
We hope you’ll join Terra Arts on Friday, May 19th, as we venture out to Riley’s Farm to experience life during the civil war.
Once the event concludes, guests can stay and explore the farm at their leisure.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS FIELD TRIP REPLACES DOER DAY CLASSES ON Thursday, May 18th, and Friday, May 19th; THE SCHOOL’S CAMPUS WILL BE CLOSED ON THOSE DAYS.
Admission costs are included in the tuition for enrolled DOER DAY students. Accompanying parents, siblings, friends, and Thinker Day students/families may also register for a nominal fee of $15 per person (see ticketing section below).
TRANSPORTATION AND DIRECTIONS
Parents/Guardians will be responsible for transporting their child(ren) to and from the event, and it is asked that guests arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event.
This tour will take place in the Chesterfield area of the farm (see MAP for directions and details), and guests should park in the lower roadside parking lot.
Sack lunches are encouraged. Food will also be available on-site at the Bakery and Restaurant. You may visit their MENU for more information on available food and baked goods. If anyone in your party has food allergies/intolerances, it is strongly recommended to bring your food.
For those hoping to enjoy the day at the farm, nearby accommodations are available. Anyone interested can visit Riley’s Farm’s LIST OF HOTELS to inquire about booking.
Thank you, and look forward to sharing a Colonial experience with you and your family!
Tickets must be reserved by May 15th so we can give a final participant headcount to the farm.
– Terra Arts Staff