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Civil War Skirmish at Wolcott Mill Metropark

Turn back the clock Oct. 8-9, 2011 in Ray Township as the 1860s cannons roar and families discover history in battle reenactments, crafts and demos

History roars to life in Macomb County at the annual Civil War Skirmish returns to Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township. Happening Oct. 8-9, 2011, this weekend encampment event lets parents and kids step back in time as hundreds of Confederate, Union and civilian re-enactors give a peek of the past.

Military camps, battle "skirmishes," military drills, cannon fire, craft demos and period wares for sale are all part of the action. Kids can make an old-fashioned craft, join a military drill or attend a period school lesson. Don't miss the portrayal of a portion of the Battle of Bull Run, happening at 2 p.m. both days.

The skirmish happens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. There's also a special "1860s Candlelight Tour" on Saturday night at 7 p.m., when a "sprit of the past" leads visitors into the Civil War era (it's recommended for adults and kids over age 6).

No need to register; just drop on by! Admission costs for the main event costs are $3 per adult, $1 per child; for the Saturday evening tour, it's $6/adults and $3/kids (ages 6-14).

See the Metro Parent listing for the address, contact info and more information about the 2011 Civil War Skirmish at Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township.

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