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Civil War Living History day coming to Spotsylvania Courthouse

The Spotsylvania County Department of Economic Development and Tourism  and the Civil War Civilians of Spottsylvania will be hosting Civil War Living History and Court Day at Historic Spotsylvania Courthouse on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

This will be a day of living history, tours, and a dramatic recreation of an actual court case from the 1850s. Members of the CWCS will be acting out the court case.

Presentations will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Living historians will set up on the Courthouse lawn and teach about civilian and military life during the Civil War.

Visitors will be allowed to tour the 1855 Jail and learn how prisoners were treated and living conditions in the facility.

Historically, court days served as a day where locals could meet, trade and witness court proceedings. They became hubs in the communities, attracting local businesses, travelers and citizens.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessey will be giving an in-depth tour of the historic Courthouse area at 10:00 a.m.

CWCS was formed in 2009, and is a group dedicated to accurately sharing, learning and educating on life and times during the Civil War.

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