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Civil War Living History Weekend - 2019
Organization: Compass Inn Museum
Description: Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum present the public the opportunity to walk amongst the troops of Carpenter's Battery, a Confederate Artillery Unit organized in 1861 in Alleghany County, Virginia. Participating in more than 25 battles, Carpenter's Battery, saw the most important conflicts of the American Civil War. Carpenter's Battery will be holding artillery demonstrations on Compass Inn Museum's very own grounds at 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm on Saturday July 20, and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday July 21.
Making a guest appearance to Compass Inn Museum is Mary Todd Lincoln! Mary Todd, portrayed by Joanne Shelby-Klein of Monroeville, will be appearing on Sunday July 21, 2019 at the Compass Inn Laughlintown Pa from 1:00 pm-5:00pm. Joanne has been researching and portraying Mrs. Lincoln since 1993. In 2005 she won the Outstanding Mary Lincoln Award from the Association of Lincoln Presenters. She is also a member of the 9th Pa Reserves Civil War Re-enactment unit based in Pittsburgh, as well as the Mary Lincoln Coterie. Joanne will have on display at the Compass Inn several reproduction pieces of the Lincoln White House China, as well as reproduction pieces of Mrs. Lincoln's jewelry. She will also be interacting with the public in First Person, talking about Mrs. Lincoln's life in the White House and the Civil War.

Displayed in Compass Inn Museum's "1862 Room", an exhibit honoring Robert Armor's son, William. Major William Armor fought in several major battles of the Civil War, including the Battle of Antietam and Gettysburg. Armor eventually became an aide to General William Tecumseh Sherman.

The weekend's live soundtrack will be provided by the Mason-Dixon Brass Band! An authentic American Civil War military band, Mason-Dixon Brass Band will only add to the fun of the weekend, making visitors feel as though they are in a true 1860s troop encampment.

In addition to the scheduled activities, visitors can participate in tours of the barn and Inn, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, and kid's activities.

Compass Inn Museum is an early 1800s stagecoach inn on the original Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike. Offering guided tours of the Inn, outbuildings, and stagecoach by costumed docents, the museum gives visitors a look into the functioning of the Inn and the stagecoach experience.

Living History Weekend activities are free with paid admission. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $6 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Living History will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday. Compass Inn Museum is located along Route 30 in Laughlintown, PA, three miles east of Ligonier. Phone: (724) 238-4983. You may also visit our website at or email for more info.

Location: Compass Inn Museum, Laughlintown

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Contact: Compass Inn
Phone: (724) 238-4983

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