by Joni Dorsett
The Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F, a group of civilian reenactors, will spend June 4 and 5 at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall. The men and women of the Michigan Third are as authentic as possible in their dress and manner as they portray what life was like during the American Civil War.
The park will open at 10 am both days. From 10 am to 2 pm, there will be Children’s Activities at the mastodon site with drills on the top and bottom of the hour. At 10:30 am, there will be a drill by the reenactors in Activity Field in the center of the park. At 1:30 pm, there will be a Fashion Show of Civilian and Military Apparel at the pavilion. A skirmish will take place in Activity Field at 2:30 pm. Members of the Michigan Third will set up camp at the park for the weekend and visitors will have an opportunity to tour the camp, meet the reenactors, and learn about military and civilian life during the Civil War.
Michigan’s Heritage Park, a site of the Lakeshore Museum Center, is a 19-acre living history park which explores 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting in Whitehall. A gentle half-mile paved trail winds through the park with interactive encounters along the way.
The park is located in Whitehall at 8637 North Durham Road with easy access from US 31 at exit 128. The park is just north of the Whitehall Comfort Inn. Beginning June 2, the park will be open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. On Sundays, the park will be open from 1 to 4 pm; however, on June 5, the park will open at 10 am for the special Civil War event. Admission for the Civil War Weekend is $12 for adults and teens, seniors (65 and older) $10, and youth (2 – 12) $6. For more information, visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231-894- 0342.