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Civil war re-enactment at Kiplin Hall
Civil war re-enactment at Kiplin Hall

Soldiers of the American Civil War will bring history to life at Kiplin Hall later this month.

On Sunday, June 24, soldiers of the American Civil War Society will be teaching visitors about the connection between Kiplin Hall, Maryland and the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).

There will be a chance to see what the soldiers ate and how they lived.  Visit the camps of both sides, the Confederates and the Republicans, and talk to them about their clothes and weapons.

Watch soldiers do drill, listen to the army musicians practise their instruments, or a soldier playing his banjo or guitar to entertain himself and his comrades or talk with the ladies about their roles on camp.

The re-enactment takes place between10am and 5pm.

Admission is included in the price of a ticket to the Gardens or the Hall and Gardens.

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, June 20, Peter and Val Holt will be looking back to the founding of the colony of Maryland.

Dressed in period costumes they will talk to visitors to the Hall and gardens about the founding of the colony by George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore and former Secretary of State to James I. George Calvert was the owner of Kiplin Hall, which he built in the 1620s.

On June 20 it will be 380 years since Charles I put his seal to the patent for land to the north of Virginia, which was to be called Terra Mariae or Maryland in honour of Queen Henrietta Maria.

Sadly, George Calvert had died in April of that year and his son Cecil, Second Lord Baltimore, became the first Proprietor of Maryland. Cecil appointed his younger brother, Leonard, as the first Governor.

This celebration of Maryland Charter Day takes place between 10am and 5pm. Admission is included in the price of a ticket to the gardens or the Hall and gardens.

For further information please telephone 01748 818178 or email info@kiplinhall.co.uk.

More information may also be found on the website www.kiplinhall.co.uk