Janesville reminisces about the Civil War

May 17, 2017 by  

Janesville history enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for the upcoming annual Civil War Living History Festival.

The area takes pride in that this community festival won the Wisconsin Historical Society Public Program Award last year. The cost will be free and so will the parking.

The event will begin with a pancake breakfast. After that, guests can wander through Milton House and around the park interacting with civilians and soldiers from the Civil War era that will be camping out for the two-days. President Lincoln and General Grant will be meandering around the grounds talking with passersby.

Cannon fire demonstrations will be presented throughout the two days by the encamped company. A concert in the park will close the festivities until the next day.

The Goodrich Cabin will be holding a military type worship service the following morning. Milton Historical Society will invite guests to end their day by taking a historic walking tour of the town.

The Civil War Living History Festival is scheduled for May 20 and 21 at the Milton House Museum & North Goodrich Park, 18 S. Janesville Street, Milton. Saturday hours will be 7:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sunday’s will be 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The pancake breakfast will begin at 7:00 am at North Goodrich Park’s Community House, with the worship service at 11:00 am.