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Bed and Breakfasts Commemorate Civil War Sesquicentennial
Travel through time at a B&B during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
By: Deborah Sakach
Plan to stay at Fairview Manor B&B on the San Lorenzo River near Santa Cruz, California, when you attend the 30th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, at Roaring Camp Railroads. Ride a steam train through an ancient redwood forest to witness the skirmishes on the way to the summit of Bear Mountain, glimpse a soldier’s life as he carries out the day’s duties, visit Union and Confederate encampments, inspect regiments marching in review, and observe surgeries at field hospitals. A chuck wagon barbecue is served from noon to 3 p.m.
The Mason House Inn in Bentonsport, Iowa was used as a Union hospital and was also a station on the Underground Railroad. Rand Park in Keokuk holds Sesquicentennial Commemorations of the Battle of Belmont and Battle of Wilson’s Creek on April 30 and May 1. Activities include music, contests, presentations by the Lincolns and Grants, a military ball, children’s candy dance, Sunday church and a memorial service. Nearby, historic riverfront Bonaparte is the setting for the Taste of History sesquicentennial events on June 11 and 12.
During the first weekend of May near Shreveport, Louisiana, in Jefferson, Texas, the Hale House Inn hosts a Pilgrimage Weekend. Watch the parade, dance at a ball, experience a Civil War reenactment and tour four historic homes. The innkeepers are always ready to meet guests’ needs for a delightful stay and offer variety of packages.
Visiting Allegan, Michigan? Allegan Country Inn offers a wonderful getaway on 14 acres. The local Old Jail Museum has a special exhibit featuring Civil War artifacts and personal items of General Benjamin Pritchard’s collection. Plan to take the Cemetery Tour of the Civil War soldiers’ head stones.
Genesee Country Inn Bed and Breakfast in Mumford, New York, was a working mill during the Civil War. Reserve one of the Old Mill Rooms for July 8 and 9 and receive a two-day pass to the Genesee Country Village and Museum for Civil War reenactments on July 9 and 10. Dinner is included at the Caledonia Village Inn on Friday or Saturday night.
If you are ready for a last-minute getaway, Fairfield Inn 1757, just eight miles west of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is hosting a sesquicentennial event on April 22 and 23. Experience a Cavalry reenactment, Civil War era church service, music, house tours, high tea and appearances by local dignitaries. If you can’t make that weekend, the inn, which served as a Confederate field hospital, will immerse you in history anytime with a package that includes sleeping where Confederate General JEB Stuart slept, touring the battlefield with a personalized licensed guide and dining on the same menu served General Lee and his officers.
White Fence Bed & Breakfast in Shenandoah Valley offers a Virginia Civil War Package with luxury accommodations, breakfast, self-guided tours, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks and a commemorative souvenir photograph of Graves Chapel, used by Stonewall Jackson.
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia is just 25 miles from the house General George McClellan used as headquarters during the Battle of Philippi, the first planned land battle of the Civil War. Ask innkeeper Kathleen Panek about an inn-to-inn package with routings to three battlefields and a related town tour with a historic covered bridge.
Though 2011 through 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the battles of the Civil War, some of the sesquicentennial events started before then to encompass the issues leading up to the Civil War and some will extend beyond that time to reflect on the pivotal period of America’s history and the importance of the Civil War in shaping this great nation. For more information visit http://www.iloveinns.com/
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