For the past seven years the grounds of Historic Lairdland Farm House have transformed into a mid-19th century village for one weekend in September. This year will be no different. The house museum house and accompanying Civil War museum in the Brick Church community of Giles County is hosting its 8th Annual Living History Event on Sept. 11-13. The 19th Alabama Civilian Corp re-enactors recreate daily life during the Civil War era wearing historically accurate costumes and using appropriate equipment. Demonstrations include blacksmithing, weaving, cooking, camping, sewing, laundering, medicine, music and dancing, candle making, toys, telegraphy, mourning customs, bee keeping, soap making and more. “This is a family event, educational and entertaining,” said Bennita Rouleau, who, along with husband Don, opens the grounds of their pre-Civil War home to the public. After several years of major restoration work, In May 2005 the Rouleaus were awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Tennessee Historical Commission for preservation and restoration of the historic property. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1995, in 2008 Lairdland Farm House was the second site in the state designated as an official stop along the Tennessee Civil War Trail. Don Rouleau converted a portion of the building into a Civil War museum filled with artifacts, clothing, military weaponry and equipment and numerous other pieces from his private collection, while his wife decorated the rest of the home with their lifetime accumulation of antiques, collectables and memorabilia. “We feel fortunate to live in a place filled with so much history,” Don Rouleau said. “We decided to open the home and museum to the public year round and to host a series of events throughout the year so people of all ages could experience history.” One of these, the Living History event, is always held the second full weekend in September. It begins on Thursday, when home-school groups, elementary schools and children’s organizations bring students to Lairdland. More youth attend on Friday, and by Saturday families and individuals arrive. Adult tour groups and individuals are welcome each day. The Civil War Museum will be open, and visitors may tour the plantation’s original smokehouse and 19th century traveler’s cottage. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, a special exhibit of artifacts and memorabilia will be on display during the Living History Weekend. Doughboy re-enactor Russ Spry will be present to discuss life as a First World War soldier. During the Living History Weekend, the house is not open for tours but may be toured at other times throughout the year by calling 931-363-2205 in advance. Admission to the Living History is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for children under age eight. Grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day. For more information or to schedule a group, call 931-363-2205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.lairdlandfarmhouse.com for details.
September 11, 2014 - September 13, 2014
Event By: Historic Lairdland Farm House and Civil War Museum Address: 3238 Blackburn Hollow Road Cornersville, TN 37047 Email: Info@lairdlandfarmhouse.com Phone: (931) 363-2205
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