All About Holland 2023
CIVIL WAR MUSTER
Derek W Blacha
The Battle of Gettysburg will be the focus of this year’s muster in honor of the 160th anniversary of this battle. Additional featured events include battlefield medical scenarios, calvary demonstrations, tours of the Van Raalte home, a Civil War era church service on Sunday morning, and performances by professional impressionists. All events are FREE. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and how to participate as a reenactor or volunteer, please visit vanraaltefarmcivilwarmuster.com . Bring your camera, snap some photos, and then be sure to submit them to the Muster Photo Contest! For details and the uploader link, visit holland.org/van-raalte-farm-civil-war-muster-photo-contest .
Holland’s Van Raalte Farm was originally the home of Civil War veteran Ben Van Raalte, the son of Holland’s founder. Eleven acres of the farm, including two barns and the original farmhouse, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, these timeless structures are part of a 160-acre park providing the perfect backdrop for our 14th annual Civil War Muster. Experience the sights and sounds of these tumultuous years of our nation’s history: smell the powder, hear the boom of cannons, and talk to the famous generals and soldiers as they plan their assaults. Wander through the encampments of Confederate and Union soldiers, visit with civilians cooking over open fires, listen to the 1st Holland Regimental Band, or hang out at the Grey Barn Saloon, an authentic Civil War era tavern.
VAN RAALTE FARM CIVIL WAR MUSTER • September 16-17, 2023
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