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Civil War comes to Wilder farm in time for Harvest Fest

September 27, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

BURKE - More than 50 Civil War re-enactors, both military and civilian, are expected Saturday and Sunday at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead, the childhood home of the husband of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder and the site of her famous book, "Farmer Boy."

The group will portray living history of both Union and Confederate forces in military actions, including a daily skirmish as well as drills and demonstrations, and more domestic daily camp life.

The first day of the encampment coincides with the Wilder farm's annual Harvest Festival, featuring demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and butter churning, vendors and music, and children's activities. Activities include old-time children's games, a corn pen similar to a sandbox, and opportunities for pumpkin painting and scarecrow building, for a small fee. Early visitors can also vote for the People's Choice award of the annual juried art show, which takes place for the week prior. All art show awards will be announced at around noon. Music will take place in the pavilion at 1 p.m.

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Re-enactors of the Civil War era bring to life a camp at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead in Burke.
(Photo courtesy of the Almanzo Wilder Homestead)

Buildings will close just before and during the skirmish at 2 p.m. Vendors will be on hand for a variety of products such as baskets, jewelry, girls' accessories, food, sewn items and decorations. Hours are extended 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Wilder buildings; camps remain open until 5 p.m. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission for the Saturday event only is reduced to $5 for an adult and $3 for a child age 6 to 16.

The re-enactment continues Sunday with camps opening at 10 a.m. and a skirmish at 1 p.m., followed by a closing ceremony. Guided tours of the Wilder buildings will continue until 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3.

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Regular admission prices ($7.50 adults, $7 seniors, $4 ages 6 to 16) are in effect. The Wilder Homestead continues to honor active military with ID with free admission, and half-price admission for their immediate families, also with ID.

The Wilder farm is located at 177 Stacy Road. Blue signs direct the public to the farm from both U.S. Route 11 and Franklin County Route 24 east of Malone. For more information, call 518-483-1207, visit, or friend Almanzo on Facebook.



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