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posted: 8/13/2014 3:27 PM

Stories, battles of Civil War come alive at Aurora's Blackberry Farm

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Submitted by Fox Valley Park District

Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a weekend-long event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.

Civil War Days will be a full-scale re-enactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life.

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"The stories we'll bring to life go beyond the battles; they're about real people caught up in an unimaginable war -- soldiers, civilians, enslaved people -- all with a story to tell," said facility manager Sandie Gilmer.

For example, the event will feature cooking demonstration highlighting the staples of a soldier's diet. As well, a Civil War nurse will re-enact how she worked for a cause. And on Saturday, a special "Meet the Lincolns" will feature a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln.

"This event is an opportunity to learn about democracy, sacrifice, heroism and hope -- the many ways this war shaped our history," Gilmer said.

Games and toys of Civil War days will highlight each day from start to finish. All of Blackberry's regular amenities will be available -- train, pony, carousel and hay wagon rides -- along with the Adventure Playground.

Civil War Days is included with daily admission. Blackberry Farm will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (630) 897-1808 for more information or visit foxvalleyparkdistrict.org for a schedule of events.

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