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Heritage Center puts focus on Civil War at Christmas

POSTED: December 1, 2011 12:30 a.m.

Holiday and history come together at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center's fourth annual Civil War holiday program Dec. 3 at McDaniel Farm Park.

Visitors can join Union and Confederate troops on the front lines and on the home front as they mark the holiday traditions of Christmas during the Civil War.

"This is a great family event for those who desire to learn and experience how the Civil War impacted Atlanta area families, especially during the holiday season," said Catherine Long, GEHC history and culture program manager.

The program runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and takes guests back to December 1862 at McDaniel Farm as E.W. and A.W. McDaniel are on furlough to spend Christmas with their families.

Participants will meet portrayers of Gwinnett residents who participated in the war in nearby Atlanta and other locations, engage in a drill with Civil War soldiers and visit their campsites.

Guests can also make traditional holiday ornaments, learn about the McDaniel family history and join in singing carols.

Admission is $5 per person, free to ages 3 and younger. Guests can pre-register by calling 770-814-4920 or pay at the admission gate the day of the event. Parking is available on site.

McDaniel Farm Park is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth.

For more information about this event and the History and Culture Program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.



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