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Living history event to take Gwinnett residents back in time

Participants in last year’s Civil War Holiday at McDaniel Farm listen to instructions from a re-enactor on proper drilling techniques. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Nov. 16. (Special Photo)

Participants in last year’s Civil War Holiday at McDaniel Farm listen to instructions from a re-enactor on proper drilling techniques. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Nov. 16. (Special Photo)

DULUTH — Gwinnett residents have the opportunity to step back in time and experience Christmas during the 1860 through a living history event this weekend at McDaniel Farm in Duluth.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center invites residents to join the Union and Confederate troops on the front lines and on the home front during its annual Civil War Holiday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a great family event to usher in the holiday season and to learn how Civil War soldiers and their families celebrated Christmas,” said Jason West, the center’s director of programming.

The living history event will take guests back in time to 1862 at McDaniel Farm as Daniel and A.W. McDaniel are on furlough to spend Christmas with the family. Visitors will engage in a drill with Civil War soldiers, visit their camp sites and participate in bayonet practice. Guests can also make traditional holiday ornaments for the soldiers’ tree and their own, discover the art of blacksmithing, enjoy the sounds of the season with special music and participate in a festive tram ride.

Admission to the Civil War Holiday is $5 for those ages 13 and older and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger, as well as Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center members, are admitted for free. Those who wish to attend can register for the event online at www.gwinnettEHC.org or pay at the gate the day of the event. Event parking is available on site, and McDaniel Farm is at 3251 McDaniel Road in Duluth.