Witness life as it was for the soldiers of the 17th Mississippi Regiment of the Confederate States of America after the battle at nearby Balls Bluff. This program is centered around log huts, replicas of those built by soldiers at Morven Park in the winter of 1861/62. The portrayals of everyday camp life will be complemented by special drilling and firing demonstrations each day. The soldiers will share stories of what they experienced from both the North and South perspectives during the Civil War.
Exhibits about Morven Park during the Civil War will be on view in the Mansion. A highlighted item will be a Virginia Civil War Trails marker, showcasing Morven Park
during the Civil War.
*Includes a special "Huts by Firelight" Evening program.
The marker, one in a series of three, commemorates the role of the plantation in the early months of the war, when it was home to Confederate troops of the 17th Mississippi Regiment in the winter of 1861/62.
The mansion lawn was used as drilling and review grounds by the Southern soldiers. Morven Park provided living space for officers in the mansion, while more than fifty log huts housed soldiers in the woods behind the house. Today, Morven Park Staff has recreated three of these huts for living history programming.
CIVIL WAR TRAILS
The Civil War Trails program has installed nearly 800 interpretive markers at Civil War sites in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. More Trails markers are expected soon in West Virginia and Tennessee. Driving tours follow major campaigns.