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McDowell Battlefield Days

May 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Once again, Confederate & Union soldiers return to the village of McDowell for a full day of living Civil War history.

Schedule of Events:

9 a.m.         Event open to spectators / camps open for tours
9 a.m.         Guest speaker, Richard Armstrong on “The Battle of McDowell”  (McDowell Presbyterian Church)
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.      Military Camp Life & Military History scenarios throughout the town of McDowell
10 a.m.      Guest speaker, Lori Botkin on “1860s Women’s Clothing (McDowell Presbyterian Church)
11 a.m.       Guest speaker, Gregg Clemmer on “Old Allegheny:  The Life & Wars of General Ed Johnson”   (McDowell Presbyterian Church)
12 p.m.       Guest speaker, Rev. Beth Pyles on the “History of the McDowell Presbyterian Church”  (McDowell Presbyterian Church)
1 p.m.         Troops begin to mobilize for battle
1:30 p.m.    Gate opens to battle viewing area
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.      Battle Reenactment
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.      Military Camp Life & Living History scenarios throughout the town of McDowell
3:30 p.m.    Guest speaker, Lorraine White on “Highland’s African Americans through the Civil War”
4 p.m.         Federal Dress Parade
5 p.m.         Public event closes

Throughout the Day:

  • Medical, military & civilian life demonstrations at Highland County Museum
  • Craft demonstrations & sales on McDowell Presbyterian Church grounds
  • Food available at the McDowell Firehouse, McDowell Presbyterian Church, and local stores

Admission Fee: $3 (12 years & under free).  Admission fee gains spectators access to the viewing area for Battle Reenactment.   Tickets available at the information table and at the viewing area gate.

Contact:  Highland Historical Society at 540-396-4478 or highlandhist@mgwnet.com

(Please note:  Listed address is for McDowell Presbyterian Church.)


May 6, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9090 Highland Turnpike
McDowell, Virginia 24458
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