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Jenkins Plantation Museum to host free Civil War Camp on May 12

4/12/01

The historic Jenkins Plantation Museum, located in the Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area of Cabell County, will host a Civil War Camp on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The living history program is free and open to the public.

Spectators at the outdoor event will get a glimpse of how soldiers lived and fought during the Civil War. Civil War enthusiasts in period dress will take part in military exercises and drills similar to those led nearly 150 years ago by Albert Gallatin Jenkins, a Confederate general with the 8th Virginia Cavalry. A number of infantry, cavalry and artillery units—made up of Union and Confederate re-enactors—will conduct mock skirmishes. In addition, Civil War-era artifacts from the collection of the West Virginia State Museum will be on display and representatives from the West Virginia State Archives will be on hand with information about researching your Civil War ancestors. Special hands-on activities will help children explore Civil War life and the historic Jenkins family home will be open for tours.

The Jenkins Plantation Museum is located on West Virginia Route 2, approximately midway between Huntington and Point Pleasant. For more information about the Civil War Camp, call (304) 558-0220, ext. 121. Civil War re-enactment groups interested in participating in the camp should call Greg Miller at the museum at (304) 762-1059 or e-mail greg.miller@wvculture.org.

A facility of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the Jenkins Plantation Museum was the home of General Jenkins. The 1835 house, built in the tradition of Tidewater, Va., features period furniture and exhibitions. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open to the public for tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The facility is available as a meeting place for classes and organizations, and the unique wetlands ecology of the Wildlife Management Area offers visitors a chance to learn more about this interesting part of West Virginia’s history.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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