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Celebrate the Holidays with Johnsonville State Historic Park

Monday, December 08, 2014 | 05:23am

A Soldier’s Christmas Scheduled for Dec. 19-20; Christmas Open House Set for Dec. 21

New Johnsonville, Tenn. –The holiday season is quickly approaching and Johnsonville State Historic Park is getting into the spirit by hosting A Soldier’s Christmas, along with an open house event.

Johnsonville will host A Soldier’s Christmas Dec. 19-20. The event will take place each day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the park’s historic soldier hut living history area. Park visitors will have the opportunity to witness a real Civil War Soldier’s Christmas as members of the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry, a Union living history organization, will be encamped each day at the park demonstrating period Christmas cooking and camp life inside and outside authentically reproduced winter soldier huts. Period Christmas decorations will adorn each cabin and soldiers of the 43rd Wisconsin will sing period Christmas carols throughout the day.

On Dec. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park will host Johnsonville’s Annual Christmas Open House at the park’s welcome center. Visitors can view the  park’s two amazing 12-foot Christmas trees, shop for special Christmas items in the park gift shop, enjoy Christmas refreshments and hear a live period performance of holiday music.

In addition, the Civil War Reproduction Quilt Show and the Free At Last! Emancipation & Reconstruction in Tennessee traveling exhibit will be on display at the park’s welcome center until Jan. 1.

Located off U.S. Highway 70, Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park, on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake, encompasses and overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville which occurred, Nov. 4, 1864. Two large artillery redoubts and other surviving fortifications can be visited at the park. For more information, call the park Welcome Center at 931-535-2789, or visit


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