COLUMBUS, Ky. – The 23rd Annual Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont State Park is Oct. 11-13.


The weekend will include battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more, including a Civil War wedding.  Admission is free.


This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday.  Students, Scouts and groups are encouraged to participate, but everyone is invited to attend and take a closer look at the park’s history by taking a step back in time.  


The opening ceremony is Friday at 5 p.m., with entertainment provided by Rick Revel, of Henry, Tenn.  Cannons will fire from the bluffs to end the ceremony and then there will be a “ghost walk” through the dark Confederate earthworks with lanterns lighting the way.


There will be events all day on Saturday, with special guest Jim Sayre portraying Abraham Lincoln at 11:30 a.m.  This Kentucky Chautauqua program is a service of the Kentucky Humanities Council. 


The Civil War Ball is Saturday at 8 p.m. and will feature music and dance instruction – so you don't have to be experienced to participate.  The band for the evening is The 52nd Regimental String Band.


If you want to shop, you can find everything you need on “Sutler Row,” where there will be tents set up with clothing and accessories. There will be a Beautiful Belle and Handsome Gent contest before the dance and a best beard and scraggly beard contest during intermission. 


Sunday begins with a morning service as well as a memorial service in Columbus Cemetery.


The battles are at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Guests will see guns firing, cannons blasting, horses running and tents burning.

The Civil War Days event is co-sponsored by Columbus-Belmont State Park and the Hickman County Judge-Executive's Office and Hickman County Fiscal Court.  The park is located in far western Kentucky at the junction of Highways 58, 80, and 123. 

For more information, contact the park office at 270-677-2327 or email cindy.lynch@ky.gov or visit www.parks.ky.gov 




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov




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