Since the Kentucky Department of Parks has not responded to our request for an email advertising OUR Civil War Days as they sent out to advertise Perryville's Civil War Days, ("45 minutes from Lexington") we are doing it ourselves. (We did get an email announcing free camping at Lake Barkley late October and early November.)
Civil War Days is a feast for the eye - the women in antebellum hoop skirts and gorgeous unwearable dresses, the men in uniform, the horses and cannons. The weather will be perfect fall - warm in the day, cool at night.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Columbus Belmont State Park Civil War Days begins Friday October 10th and runs through Sunday, October 12th. here's a quick schedule of events:
Friday Opening Ceremonies at 5:30 pm, an evening cannon salute, and Ghost Walk .
In the Visitor's Center, 70 photo entries in the Hickman County Arts Council Photo Contest will be on display. An awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 that morning. Refreshments will be served.
11:00 Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln at the Museum
1:00 Performance at the Museum
2:00, the first of two Civil War skirmishes with cavalry, cannons and re-enacters of the Blue and the Grey on hand.
7:15 pm, there will be a cannon battle.
7:30 pm, the Beautiful Belle and Handsome Gent Contest followed by the Civil War Ball
8:30 am Camp Meeting and Morning Preaching
10:00 Memorial Service in Cemetary
11:00 Columbus Baptist Church Service
2:00 Civil War Skirmish
Vendors and hostlers will be set up on the grounds and tours of the Museum will be available throughout the day.
Columbus Belmont was voted one of the most beautiful and romantic campsites this past year.