in the holiday spirit and learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War
at Fort Ward Museum’s annual Civil War Christmas in Camp program on Saturday,
December 10, from 12-4 p.m. This popular
family-oriented event features a patriotic Civil War Santa Claus, reenactors in
winter camp settings, period decorations, fort tours, and kids activities. The suggested donation is $2 per person, and
$5 for families.
program features a Civil War-era Union Santa Claus, based on an 1863 cover of Harper’s Weekly by artist Thomas Nast,
who will interact with the public, present readings of “The Night Before
Christmas,” and visit soldiers in camp.
The Museum will be decorated with festive greenery and a Victorian
parlor tree. The reconstructed
Officers’ Hut is the setting for soldiers opening Christmas boxes from home and
holiday decorations in camp. Reenactors
will interpret army life in winter camps, and soldier-led tours of the historic
fort will be conducted. Youngsters can
also make a Christmas card or ornament.
A variety of Civil War books and “stocking stuffers” are available in
the Museum shop.
Ward is the best preserved fortification in the Defenses of Washington, an
extensive system of Union forts that protected the Federal capital during the
Civil War. The Museum offers exhibits
and public programs throughout the year.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock
Road in Alexandria. For more information
about this program, please call the Museum at 703.746.4848, or visit www.fortward.org.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail FortWardMuseum@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4848.