Address: 677-669 Great Road
Full-scale reenactment and living history scenarios with hundreds of reenactors camped at Chase Farm Park in Lincoln for the weekend bring Civil War history to life. Special features include period music played by one of the country's premier Civil War bands, the 2nd South Carolina String Band, throughout the camps, as well as several presentations about the Civil War, including one by Chief Justice (retired)Frank J. Williams about Gettysburg. A Civil War Ball and spectacular night firing on Saturday night, with dance callers to provide instruction on period dances, is also featured, with a separate $25/person or $40/couple ticket. Hearthside House, dressed as though it were a southern mansion commandeered by the Union army for use as a command post, hosts an extraordinary collection of rare uniforms, military equipment, and other accoutrements from the period, as well as model trains depicting the war time effort. A candlelight tour of the historic house kicks off the weekend on Friday night, with limited space available at 6:30 or 7:30, so reservations are advised by calling 726-0597. Also open during the weekend is the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop and a rare viewing of the 1812 Moffett Mill. A Scavenger Hunt for kids takes place in the encampment as well as at historic sites. Food vendors on site to allow full-day attendance. Encampment is open 9-4:30 on Sat. and 8:30-3 on Sun. Battles take place at 2 on Sat., and at 1:30 on Sun. Admission includes free parking, entrance to encampments, battleground, Hearthside House Museum, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, and the Moffett Mill. $10/adult; $8/seniors & age 10-17; $5/age 10 and under; free for under age 5.