Newport to celebrate its Civil War history

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM.

Part of the exhibit that is to be unveiled this weekend includes a cannon. Confederate and Union flags will be flown, and an old section of railroad trestle donated by the North Carolina Railroad will be on display.

Other features will be added to the park in the coming years, including a covered wagon, more reconstructed barracks, a cook building, a railroad hand car, and other reproductions of period pieces.

“It will take the community to make sure that it works,” Bell said.

The weekend’s events begin Friday with the Newport Heritage Dinner at St. James United Methodist Church Community Life Center. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. with barbecue chicken, potato salad, green beans, rolls, dessert and a drink for a $10 donation. Tickets are available at the Newport Historic Museum on Chatham Street.

Entertainment is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. and includes Morris Willis and Company, Pickin’ and Grinnin’ and others. Mann is scheduled to speak about the project at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, living history characters will be on the grounds of the museum and park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include members of the 5th North Carolina troops, Ellis’ Battery and a contingent from Pennsylvania. The museum will be open all day and refreshments will be available.

Living history will again fill the grounds of the museum and the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A dedication of the park is scheduled for 2 p.m. with a battlefield tour to follow the ceremony at about 3:30 p.m. The museum will be open throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

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