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Fenton History Center
The Fenton History Center is hosting a Civil War encampment and celebration of the 154th anniversary of the 154th NY Volunteer Infantry and the 112th NY Volunteer Infantry departing from Jamestown’s Camp Brown to serve in the War Between the States the first weekend of October. The event will feature the encampment, a commemorative ceremony, candlelight tours of the camp and a Sunday worship service and lunch with the re-enactors. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will graciously be accepted.
Beginning Saturday, October 1st, the encampment will open for the public at 9 AM and be followed at 10 AM with a wreath laying ceremony at the original Camp Brown location at the corner of Brown St. and Prospect St. The Civil War re-enactors will then march to the site of the original 1862 First Street Train Depot. The public is invited to walk with the soldiers. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress comfortably for this event. Individuals with walking restrictions should consider attending specific events and parking in close proximity to each location.
Following the march, the re-enactors will return to Fenton Park where they welcome the public to learn about life as a Civil War recruit and officer. Weapons demonstrations will be held at 2:30 PM. The camp will close between 4 and 7 PM.
At 7 PM the camp will re-open for spirited candlelight tours given by the Civil War re-enactors. Soldiers will tell about life in the camp, the food they eat, their daily chores, their preparations for the next battle, communications, and their uniforms and equipment. The camp will close at 9 PM for the night.
Sunday, October 2, the camp will reopen to the public at 10 AM with a church service at 10:30. All are invited to attend the Sunday morning service with the Civil War recruit re-enactors. The weekend will conclude at 12:30 with a picnic lunch. The public is welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch with the re-enactors. The camp will close at 2 PM.