Programs contribute to the public’s understanding of the period and enhance the Museum’s educational mission. Fort Ward welcomes both Union and Confederate groups. Fort Ward’s largest living history program is Civil War Camp Day, but smaller presentations are staged throughout the year.
Military and civilian interpretations have featured:
- infantry drills
- artillery demonstrations
- camp life
- signal corps demonstrations
- naval history
- first person impressions (army surgeons, laundresses, engineers, photographers, relief workers, Civil War Santa Claus, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton)
- torchlight tours
- soldier-led walking tours of the fort
- participation in Civil War Kids’ Camp programming
- holiday observances
Fort Ward welcomes military and civilian interpreters and sutlers, and seeks new ideas for living history programs. Please provide your unit contact information and interpretive ideas to Fort Ward Museum. For details on guidelines and logistics, please click on the links. Contact Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site.