Put a historical spin on this weekend, and travel back in time to Civil War-era Falmouth. The 10th Annual Yankees in Falmouth celebration revives Virginia’s Civil War history in a way that’s fun for the whole family. During this two-day event, Stafford Civil War Park invites guests to a free lesson in local history, complete with costumes, reenactments, and more. There’s also a 4-mile race on Sunday. Read on to find out more about what this weekend has in store.
When, Where, How Much?
The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and then Sunday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Make your way to the Stafford Civil War Park and the Moncure Conway House to see everything the festival has to offer. Parking is available directly across the street at the Historic Port of Falmouth. And if you don’t feel like walking, a free trolley runs between the Historic Port and Civil War Park every half hour.
Admission to the park is always FREE, so this event will also be held at no charge. But that doesn’t mean you should wait around to come. The first 1,000 people to visit both the Civil War Park and Moncure Conway Home will receive a 10th Anniversary Collectors Challenge coin.
Yankees in Falmouth Activities
Each day, the Yankees in Falmouth celebration will feature various demonstrations, reenactments, and displays. Check the schedule if you want to plan ahead, as the event times vary by day. Enjoy infantry firing demos, artillery firing demos, and naval blacksmith presentations, along with cannon firing demos on the half hour. Of course, all firing demonstrations are done without real ammunition.
In addition to the reenactments, guests are invited to attend three special events at Shelton’s Cottage. First, hear a lecture by NVCC Professor Alice Reagan titled, “The Reconstruction Period in Stafford County and Falmouth.” Next, browse through “Falmouth Then and Now,” an exhibit that contrasts local photos taken in 1930 with more recent ones. You may be surprised to find that some of these former structures show no trace of existing today. To finish up, visit “Rebuilding a Nation,” a display of antique and vintage tools, the likes of which were used to rebuild Stafford and Falmouth during the Reconstruction Period.
Keep an eye out for spontaneous performances by Jon Vrana. This performer, clad in Civil War-era attire, will be playing music from that time period, both American and Irish style. Stick around to hear some of the history of the instruments. You’ll see the concertina, harmonica, and mandolin in play here. Scheduled performances take place around the campfire at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Cannon Run 4-Mile Race
Registration is $30 ahead of time and $35 the day of the race. All registered runners receive a tee and a gift bag.
Spend a weekend learning about the rich history of our town. Afterward, pay a visit to Mazda of Fredericksburg to learn how easy it is to get into a newer, better car today.