“I look to have a big weekend with a town full of people,” Chickamauga City Manager John Culpepper said. “This year will mark our third War Between the States Day, and there will be a reenactment of the 1889 barbecue,” and barbecue will be available.
Arts and crafts vendors will set up at the coke oven park on Friday, Sept. 20, for Indian Cultural Day, and period music will be featured throughout both days of the festival, he said.
On Friday and tentatively on Saturday, descendants of Civil War veterans — all reenactors — will share their experiences, and visitors can observe how men cooked and ate.
“War Between the States begins at 10 a.m. (on Saturday) and takes place at the Gordon Lee Mansion and Crawfish Springs,” Culpepper said. “There will be reenactors camped at the mansion, live firing of weapons and demonstrations.
At Crawfish Springs, cannons will be loaded and fired across the springs.”
Reenactors will lead a march through downtown Chickamauga to the cemetery for a memorial service honoring the 63 veterans buried there. A period ball will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Lee Mansion, he said.
Tennessee Valley Railroad and Museum will bring the steam train down from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and will be offering rides, he said.
Visitors can ride the bus from the coke oven park to the mansion on Saturday.
For more information visit the city’s website at: www.cityofchickamauga.georgia.org