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History comes to life at the Sanilac County Historical Society’s Civil War Days

Photo courtesy of Sanilac County Historical Society.

By Sanilac County Historical Society

Photo courtesy of Sanilac County Historical Society

Port Sanilac, MI (July 27, 2022) –   Join in as the Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum offers a window into Civil War history! Witness demonstrations of campfire cooking, military drills, original artillery pieces, civilian needlework, military and civilian personalities, and more.  Most of the historic buildings will be open with docents.

Highlights from this year’s event include:

  • The reenactors from the 102nd United States Colored Troops Company B will offer presentations on the history of the 102nd. ​The original regiment drew recruits from Detroit and southern Michigan. Men who had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and settled in Canada returned to Michigan to join up when word came that the 102nd was forming. Many desired to fight for the freedom of family members still held in slavery.
  • Commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam
  • Citizens of Antietam Fashion Show
  • Live music from the Civil War era will be performed live from the Carriage Barn Stage.
  • A presentation on Civil War Mourning Practices will be offered each day. Come explore the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian and Civil War eras.
  • The Loop Harrison Mansion will be decorated as a House in Mourning; the clocks are stopped at the hour of death, the curtains are drawn, mirrors are draped in black, funeral biscuits are shared with mourners . . .
  • The Museum’s beautiful antique hearse will also be on display. Great photo opps!

Civil War Days will be held August 6 and 7, from 11am to 4:30pm, on the beautiful grounds of the Sanilac County Historical Village & Museum, located at 228. S. Ridge St (M25) in Port Sanilac.  All events/performances are included with your paid admission to the Civil War Days event.  Tickets available at the gate: $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.  Food and drink will be available for purchase by Kelly Joy’s Smokehouse.

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For more information visit or the Facebook event at or call the office at 810.622.9946.

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