FREEHOLD, NJ - To celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, “Marching Away:  Monmouth County in the Civil War,” Monmouth County Historical Association will host a Civil War reenactors encampment during the weekend of September 17th and 18th on the grounds of the Museum & Library, 70 Court Street, Freehold.  The public will be welcome to tour the encampment between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. on both of those days.  At the same time, tours of the exhibition will be offered in the Museum.

2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Company D reenactors Dan Ryan and Lawrence Korczyk practicing military drills.

Organized by the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Company D reenactors group, the event will feature both military activities and demonstrations as well as craft demonstrations from the Civil War era.  According to Antoinette David, of the 2nd Rhode Island, “The reenactors really enjoy engaging the public as they practice their drills and demonstrations and are ready to answer any questions about the life of a Civil War soldier.  This will be a terrific family event.”  Ongoing activities will include:  demonstrations of rug making, chair caning, hat box making and cooking over the open fire using recipes from the mid-nineteenth century.  There will also be displays of toys of the period and of models of naval vessels used in the Civil War.  Mary Todd Lincoln will be on hand to talk with visitors about her husband, President Lincoln, and about her experiences as First Lady.

In addition, another reenactor group, the 6th New York Independence Battery, will be bringing a vintage 1863 Civil War cannon for display and giving demonstrations of how a cannon would have been loaded to fire.

Scheduled activities on both days will be as follows: 

  • 11:00 a.m. – Military Drills with discussion on types of formation 
  • 1:00 p.m. – Rifle Shooting Contest with an explanation of gun fare 
  • 2:00 p.m. – Victorian Tea 
  • 3:00 p.m. – Dancing of the Period with instruction   

Visitors will be encouraged to participate in all of the days’ activities.

The exhibition, “Marching Away:  Monmouth County in the Civil War,” will be on view at the Historical Association from September 17, 2011 through December of 2012.  Since this year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, it is timely to explore how this conflict impacted the brave Monmouth County men who volunteered to join the Union Army. Funding for the exhibition has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Admission to both the encampment and the museum exhibition is free.  Parking will be available at the Monmouth County Courthouse parking lot.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey.  Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday.  For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at 


            Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.