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Experience the holidays during the Civil War era
McDaniel Farm to conduct history demonstration
A Union re-enactor participates in a mock skirmish at last year’s Civil War Holiday at McDaniel Farm. This year’s event will be Saturday, Nov. 15.

Visitors to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will travel back in time and experience Christmas during the 1860s through a living history demonstration on the McDaniel Farm.

Participants can see Union and Confederate troops on the front lines and on the home front at the annual Civil War Holiday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth.

On the farm, guests will accompany Daniel and A.W. McDaniel, who are on furlough to spend Christmas with the family. Visitors also will engage in a drill with Civil War soldiers, visit camp sites, participate in bayonet practice and encounter a mock skirmish. They may also make traditional holiday ornaments for the soldiers’ tree and their own tree. Visitors may see the art of blacksmithing, watch soldiers prepare meals, hear stories from a Confederate sailor, listen to the sounds of the season with special music and participate in a festive hay ride.

Program fees for the Civil War Holiday are $5 for ages 13 and older and $3 for ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger and EHC members are free.

Guests may preregister at or pay at the gate the day of the event.

Event parking is available onsite. Food will be available for purchase during the event from the Atlanta Burger Truck.

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