Held annually the second full weekend in October, Civil War Days has become Hickman County’s largest tourist attraction, drawing approximately 15,000 visitors to Columbus-Belmont State Park. Battle re-enactments, soldier campsites, sutlers, the Civil War Ball, music, and good food are among the features that draw people for return visits to this journey back in time.
Education Day is held on Friday, where schools, groups, and clubs are encouraged to come for a special, up-close look at this living history.
Opening remarks by Hickman County Judge/Executive Greg Pruitt officially kick off the event Friday evening at 6 p.m. Special performances are held that night, along with the cannon volley. The Ghost Walk, held at night in the trenches, has become a popular part of the event. Special guests like Mark Twain or Abe Lincoln might be spotted throughout the weekend.
The Civil War skirmish held both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. draws large crowds, as registered re-enactors battle to the finish. The Civil War Ball is held on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and is open to anyone. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Other than the skirmishes, it is the largest event of the weekend. Everyone is invited to dance and enjoy the music. Sunday morning services and a Memorial Service will be held at the Columbus Cemetery.
This year’s Civil War Days is scheduled for October 9, 10 & 11. Admission is free. Contact Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus at (270) 677-2327 for more information.
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