Civil War Comes Alive!

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For the final time, Bartow History Museum and Booth Western Art Museum are excited to present Civil War Comes Alive! on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moving through Georgia, members and guests will have the opportunity to experience different aspects of the Civil War as it is brought to life at both museums.

Visitors will experience life on the home front, listen to authentic music, chat with soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies, view Civil War art and artifacts, watch cannon demonstrations, and so much more! Civil War Comes Alive! will feature medical practices, blacksmithing, and signaling, plus artillery, infantry, sutler, and cavalry camps.

“We are excited to announce this family-friendly event, not only because it coincides with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, but also because Bartow County has so many ties to the war,” said Bartow History Museum Executive Director Trey Gaines. “We had the Battle at Allatoona here in Bartow County, and also produced several Officers from this area. Civil War Comes Alive! will be an opportunity for visitors – of all ages – to experience the various aspects of the war and hopefully gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the men who served.”


  • 10:30 am – 2:30 pm: Cannon Firing (every hour)
  • 10:30 am: Infantry Drill
  • 11:00 am: Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
  • 11:30 am: Concert by the 8th Regiment Band
  • 12:30 pm: “The End of the Civil War in Georgia” Presentation
  • 1:00 pm: Infantry Drill
  • 1:30 pm: 2nd Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln
  • 2:00 pm: Final Surrender Ceremony

Additionally, attendees are encouraged to tour the Booth Museum’s Civil War art gallery, War is Hell, and visit Bartow History Museum to see their exhibitions highlighting life in Bartow County from before the Civil War through present day.

On Friday, May 1, the Museums will present a special one-day event for students in grades 3-12. From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, students will embark on a journey that will bring history to life through special performances, live demonstrations, and exhibitions inside each museum. Cost is $5.00 for students, $3.00 for adults, and free for classroom teachers. Reservations are required. Call 770-387-3849 to register.

On Saturday, May 2, admission to Civil War Comes Alive! is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for children 12 and under, Booth Museum members, Bartow History Museum members, and active military with ID. Prices include access to the Booth Museum festival grounds, as well as admission to Booth Museum and Bartow History Museum. For more information about Civil War Comes Alive!, including more details about the school program on Friday, May 1, please visit or, or call 770-387-1300.

Adults – $10
Seniors (65+) – $8
Students – $7
Children (12 and under) – FREE
Active Military (w/ ID) – FREE
Booth Museum & Bartow History Museum Members – FREE

*Includes admission to Bartow History Museum and Booth Museum.

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