Programs & Events at Fort Ward Museum

Below are some popular programs that are held each year. Check our calendar for our current event schedule.

Page updated on Nov 17, 2021 at 8:02 AM

Programs & Events at Fort Ward Museum

Throughout the year Civil War lectures, changing exhibits, preservation workshops, bus tours and living history events encourage learning about this important period in American history. Check the calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Yearly events may include:

  • Civil War Women's Day (March)
  • Tours in honor of Armed Forces Day (May)
  • Civil War Camp Day (June)
  • Tours in honor of Veteran's Day (November)
  • Civil War Christmas in Camp (December)

Living History Events

The Civil War period comes to life at Fort Ward’s special events which feature historic interpreters in Civil War attire and living history demonstrations. Living history programs provide a close-up look at soldier life and an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of daily life in a typical Union fort in the Defenses of Washington. At Civil War Camp Day, visitors observe camp life, watch soldiers drilling and parading, and meet and talk to soldiers and civilians in camp. At the annual Christmas in Camp holiday program, living history interpreters, both soldier and civilian, period decorations, and a Civil War period Thomas Nast Santa Claus are featured.

Bus Tours

The Friends of Fort Ward group sponsors bus tours to Civil War sites in the Mid-Atlantic area. These popular tours are hosted by leading authorities and have included trips to Gettysburg, Cedar Creek Battlefield and Appomattox. Members of the Friends of Fort Ward and the public may participate, but early reservations are suggested.​