Next weekend, the Duck Creek Historical Society plans to flip the calendars backward to 1863 when the country was mired down in the Civil War, commemorating Smyrna's role in the "War Between the States" with a large-scale reenactment.
The Historical Society has spent the better part of the last year researching and developing the event, which will span two different local locations. Other venues will also be open to give people a better idea of what life would have been like during that time.
One of the weekend's highlights includes a reenactment of the Delaware Draft Lottery that took place in August 1863 in front of the barracks located at 11 S. Main St. The location now serves as the site for the Smyrna Museum. According to DCHS, there was great controversy surrounding the draft and it was no accident that armed troops were present.
In addition to the draft reenactment, which will feature members of the 2nd Delaware sons of Union Veterans, there will also be an encampment of the 18th Virginia Confederate States of America at Belmont Hall.
The weekend's schedule includes:
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
1 to 2 p.m., Commemoration and Reenactment of the Delaware Civil War Draft Lottery in Kent County, Smyrna Museum, 11 S. Main St.
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Antebellum Historic House Tour. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at Heart of Smyrna, 1 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Belmont Hall House Tour. $3 admission for adults, $1 admission for children.
3 to 5 p.m., Civil War encampment tours. See weapons and equipment and talk will reenactors.
7 to 9 p.m., Nighttime encampment tours. Listen to historically accurate music as soldiers rest up around their fires.
7 to 9 p.m., Candlelight Tours of Belmont Hall. $3 admission for adults, $1 admission for children.
SUNDAY, OCT. 13
8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Encampment reopens to the public.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Belmont hall is open for tours. $3 admission for adults, $1 admission for children.
2 to 5 p.m., Tour the Civil War exhibit at Smyrna Museum, 11 S. Main St., Smyrna.