History comes alive!
The Battle of Aiken has won the Governor’s Award for Carolina’s best tourist event and the Dr. James Butler national award for the best living history program. For three days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. The Civil War battle has grown from a few hundred men with muskets to a full-blown Civil War festival. In addition to battle reenactments, there are authentic 19th-century military encampments and reproductions of medical facilities.
ADMISSION: Admission is $10 for those 13 and older; $5 for ages 6 to 12; and free for children 5 and under.
WHAT TO BRING: Something to sit on, a camera or video camera and an umbrella.
ACTIVITIES: The battle starts at 2:30 PM, but meantime we can learn how cannons were fired and the cavalry was used; explore what life was like during the Civil War, including how people dressed and what they listened to; get an up close look at hospital techniques and the role of women; and see period weaponry in action.
CRAFTS: Period art, woodcrafts, replica swords, muskets, ironworking, blacksmithing, women’s clothing, uniforms, and music.
Festival foods and drinks are available for purchase.