The Shelton House in Waynesville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of summer lectures and demonstrations this weekend.
The event will start at 7 p.m. June 8 with a commemorative celebration of the Civil War featuring the reenactment troops of the North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment, the Captain Julius Welch Chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy, and the Order of the Rose.
There will be also a lecture by Jule Morrow, a Civil War reenactor. Morrow has 56 ancestors who fought in the war, all from Haywood County and Western North Carolina except one. His topics for the evening will be the Civil War in Haywood County, Civil War tactics and Civil War weapons.
The fun will continue on Saturday with the Appalachian Lifestyles Festival. Saturday’s schedule at Shelton House is as follows:
• 10 a.m. — Civil War Infantry Drill/Musket Firing
• 11 a.m. — Public demonstrations/Lecture – Civil War Tactics
• 1:30 p.m. — Civil War Fashion Show/Living History
• 2:30 p.m. — Skirmish at Waynesville
• 3:30 p.m. — Lecture – Battle of Waynesville Aftermath
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Tours with Shelton House docents
• 7 to 10 p.m. — Square/contra dancing on the lawn in front of the barn
A living history camp will be open all day with military and civilian re-enactors present. All events for the weekend are free of charge, but donations are welcome.
The Shelton House is located on Pigeon Street in Waynesville.