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Kempton Civil War Days
May 19 - May 21
The Kempton WK&S goes back to the 1860’s for a special living history event featuring Civil War impressionists from the 16th President of the United States to the drummer boy, Johnny Clem. Ride the train, visit the encampments, listen to stories of soldiers, spies and politicians from the 1800’s. Learn to dance civil war style in the evening at Kempton Community Center’s barn (proceeds from the dance will help to support repairs to the bank barn).
Starting Friday night at the Kempton Community Center Pavilion 7:30pm, John Robertson, Albany Township Historian, will present the Civil War from a distinctly Albany Township perspective. The lives of several of the men who served in various Pennsylvania regiments will be the focus of this talk. Men named Greenawalt, Hendricks, Graff, Trexler, and others.
Saturday and Sunday there will be encampment demonstrations of military life throughout the day featuring muzzle loading and firing as well as blacksmith demonstrations. The Kempton Community Stage will showcase all the speakers, historians, impressionists, and authors. And there are train rides all day Saturday and Sunday.
The main focus of this event is to raise funds to bring back steam to WK&S. Throughout the weekend Engine 65 (steam locomotive) will be “open” to climb aboard and explore.
Visit the WK&S link www.kemptontrain.com/kempton-civil-war-days/ for full details, calendar of events and starting times for the entire weekend.