Orem area residents invited to experience Civil War life

May 18, 2013 by  

Individuals and families from the Orem area are encouraged to attend an exciting and educational event at a historic military fort.

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, the staff at Camp Floyd State Park in nearby Fairfield will be recreating a Civil War encampment for the public. Postcard printing may be in higher demand as Camp Floyd’s gift shop prepares for an increase in visitors.

Attendees of all ages will have a chance to step back in time and gain a better understanding of everyday life during the war. They will walk among a series of 19th century-style army tents, where they will meet actors dressed as soldiers and period civilians. They will also be able to witness live demonstrations of Civil War-era cannon and firearms, and watch reenactments of drills and marches. In addition, the event will feature stagecoach rides and games from the 1860s.

The museum on the fort grounds, which houses the souvenir store, will be open for business as usual. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks as well.

The Civil War-themed festivities will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27. They will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on both days. Admission to the encampment site will be free, as will participation in the outdoor activities associated with it. Entrance to the museum will cost $2 per individual or $6 per family unit.

Camp Floyd is located at 18035 West 1540 North. Those in need of directions or additional information may call (801) 768-8932.