On Halloween Night, the NMCWM offers a special spooky night at the museum! Visitors will follow the lantern of their guide through the darkened galleries of the most haunted building in Frederick and hear first-hand ghostly encounters from the staff. The tour will illuminate the ghoulish side of the Civil War in a space that was used for over 100 years to embalm the dead of Frederick. The program will include scary stories that were told by soldiers during the Civil War. Interpreters along the way will recount the horrors of America’s deadliest war, from wounded men who glowed in the dark, to epidemics that claimed the lives of thousands of young men.
The highlight of the tour will be the unveiling of a mummified human arm from the Battlefield of Antietam. We can only speculate on the tragic story of its former owner who gave his life in the fight for liberty. The NMCWM will share the findings of scientific and historical investigations by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Smithsonian Institute which were performed on this grisly relic.
The after-hours tours of the museum begin at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Halloween, October 31, 2014. $15 per person; limited to 25 people per tour. Please call early as these tours will certainly sell out. Space is limited. Call 301-695-1864 to purchase tickets for these tours.
Before experiencing Antietam Battlefield’s annual Grand Illumination; Visit the exhibits at Pry House and Thrashing Barn. Walk the same halls as General McClellan and President Lincoln. Experience the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam through the eyes of Civil War era living historians.Illumination gates open at 6pm at the entrance on Route 34.Pry Field Hospital closes for the season, today.
Come to the Pry House and see what the holiday traditions where during the time of the American Civil War. Have some cookies, play games, drink hot drinks, see and make decorations, and sit and have a chat with our very own Civil War Santa.
The NMCWM is one of a dozen historical and cultural venues participating in this holiday celebration. The Museum has extended hours and is open to the public for free. Living historians will be on-site portraying surgeons of the Union and Confederate Armies, talking about their life-saving work in the Civil War. Docents will be on hand to talk with visitors throughout the galleries and live musicians will be playing period Christmas and other Civil War Era tunes, Children can make 19th century crafts to take home and we may even have a visit from our Civil War Santa Claus!
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for their Annual Christmas Party, refreshments will be served, please bring a snack or dessert to share. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at email@example.com