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Experience Christmas in the 1860s at McDaniel Farm

The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) invites you to step back in time and experience Christmas during the 1860s through a living history demonstration. Join Union and Confederate soldiers on the front lines and on the home front at the annual Holiday on the Home Front at McDaniel Farm on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The program will take guests back in time to 1864 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 soldiers, visit their camp sites, participate in bayonet practice and learn about medical knowledge of the time.

Guests will hear musicians play music from the era and soldiers demonstrate bugle calls. They will learn how families prepared for the holiday, see cotton spun into thread and enjoy the smells of period cooking. Guests can also make traditional holiday ornaments for their tree, discover the art of blacksmithing and enjoy a festive hayride around the historic farm.

Program fees for Holiday on the Home Front are $8.00 per person. Children two and under and EHC members are free. Guests can pre-register online at or pay at the gate the day of the event.

Event parking is available on-site. Snacks and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth, Ga., 30096.

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In this photo: Civil War reenactors Derek Sargent and Joe Bath bring the 1860s to life at last year’s Holiday on the Home Front at McDaniel Farm. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.