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McDaniel Farm to recreate life in 1860s
Costumed re-enactors will bring the 1860s to life during the annual Holiday on the Home Front at McDaniel Farm. This year’s event will be Saturday, Nov. 14.

Christmas in the 1860s on the front lines for Union and Confederate soldiers or on the home front was an indescribable experience.

However, the Environmental and Heritage Center plans to give visits to the McDaniel Farm a glimpse of that time in history during its annual Holiday on the Home Front.

The program will take guests back in time to 1862 at McDaniel Farm as Daniel and A.W. McDaniel are on furlough to spend Christmas with the family. Visitors will engage in a drill with soldiers, visit camp sites, participate in bayonet practice and be regaled with stories from a Confederate sailor.

Guests will hear talented field musicians play period music and provide a bugle call demonstration. They also will learn how families prepared for the holiday on the home front, view textile demonstrations and enjoy the sounds of the season with special music from the Gwinnetters, a local dulcimer group. Guests also can craft traditional holiday ornaments for their tree, discover the art of blacksmithing and enjoy a festive hayride around the historic farm.

The time-traveling event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth.

Program fees are $8 per person. Children 2 and younger and EHC members are free. Guests may preregister at or pay at the gate.

Event parking is onsite. Snacks and hot cider will be available for purchase.

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