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‘Last Shot Fired’ — Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration events

Friday, May 8

• 7 p.m. — Jule Morrow, Captain 25th NC State Troops - Last Shot Fired: The Battle of Waynesville and Surrender of the Western NC Army. Shelton House in Waynesville.

Saturday, May 9

• 9:30 a.m. — Battle of Waynesville Re-enactment at Sulphur Springs Park, Sulphur Springs Road, Waynesville. 

• 11a.m. — Wreath Laying Ceremony with speeches from the United Daughters of the Confederacy at Sulphur Springs Park. Followed by attendees walking as a group down the street and across Sulphur Springs Road to the monument for wreath placement.

• 12:30 p.m. — Surrender of the Western NC Army at Haywood County Courthouse.

• 12:30 p.m. — Wreath Laying — Sons of the Confederate Veterans Col. William Holland Thomas Camp 2231. At memorial on Sulphur Springs Road.

• 2 p.m. — Memorial Speeches - Civil War marker at Green Hill Cemetery where officers and soldiers of the Last Shot Battle are buried.

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• 2 p.m. — “Gone with the Wind” showing at The Strand at 38 Main. 

• 3 p.m. — Last Shot Fired: The Battle of Waynesville Reenactment at Sulphur Springs Park.

All Day:

• Living History Camp & Camp Music at the Shelton House.

• Museum tours at the Shelton House.

• Self-Guided Tours of the Haywood County Civil War Trail.

• Waynesville Engagement — Trails sign located in Sulphur Springs Park off Timothy Lane, Waynesville.

• Thomas’ Last Resting Place — Trails sign located in Greenhill Cemetery, Hillview Circle and Main Street in Waynesville.

• Battle House — Trails sign located at 9 S Main Street, Waynesville.

• Locust Field Cemetery — Trails sign located at Locust Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, across from the library in Canton.

• Kirk’s Raid — Trails sign located in the Ghost Town amusement park, 16 Fie Top Road, Maggie Valley.

Sunday, May 10

• 2 p.m. — Worship and memorial service at Green Hill Cemetery honoring various Civil War veterans, wreath laying at the grave of Col. William Holland Thomas.

• 2 p.m. — “Gone with the Wind” showing at 2 p.m. at The Strand at 38 Main. 

• All Day: Self-Guided Tours - Haywood County Civil War Trail (see May 9 events for full list).

Monday, May 11

• 6:30 p.m. — Gettysburg Park Historian and Western Carolina University alumnus, John Heiser, will speak at the WNC Civil War Round Table meeting about the 26th NC Infantry’s involvement at Gettysburg on the first day at 7 p.m. May 11 at The Strand in downtown Waynesville. The public is welcome.

Friday, June 12

• 7 p.m. — Jule Morrow, Captain 25th NC State Troops - Last Shot Fired: Occupation and Reconstruction.

Saturday, June 13

• Fifth Annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Main Street, Waynesville.

• Reenactment: Last Shot Fired: Occupation and Reconstruction

• Living History Camp & Camp Music

• Museum Tours at Shelton House

• Self-Guided Tours — Haywood County Civil War Trail (see May 9 events for full list)

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