Civil War Days At Gordon Hall

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This weekend, many people (and families!) attended Civil War Days at Dexter’s Gordon Hall. Check out the images below to get a feel for what all the hullabaloo was about. There was an artillery firing demonstration, military and civilian camps, and many displays and presentations by artisans. An old time wet plate photography booth was up and running too, many people enjoyed seeing the processing and tin type prints being made.


Plus, there was even an appearance by President Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln took a carriage ride through downtown Dexter before arriving at Gordon Hall to give an address to all the spectators in attendance at the Civil War Days on Saturday.

My favorite part of the weekend, though, was seeing the firing demonstrations. While the cannons were definitely powerful, it was also neat to see the military firing (powder only, of course).

While my own child was a little too young to appreciate all the kid friendly activities available, many children enjoyed learning about the “olden days” — from churning butter and spinning wool to games and such.

The final event of the weekend was a baseball game, a la the time period. The Chelsea Monitor baseball team explained the period rules and then proceeded to have a ball game in the field to the northeast of Gordon Hall.