Did you know that Arlington County was the site of a Union Army encampment during the Civil War? See for yourself at Fort C.F. Park!

History buffs will love this historical reenactment by the 3rd United States Regulars and 54th Masachussetts Infantry. Experience a living history by touring the camp and seeing Civil War soldiers in action. Make your next day at the park an educational one!

Civil War soldiers

Courtesy of the 3rd US Reenactors

Event Details

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: Fort C.F. Smith Park | 2411 24th Street North | Arlington, VA

COST: Free, no registration is required.

PARKING: Free surface parking lot

Fort C.F. Smith, Arlington park

About the Venue

Fort C.F. Smith Park is Arlington's own historical site dedicated to the Union presence during the Civil War. Its unique role in the county is to provide visitors with an idea of what life was like for the soldiers and residents of 19th century Virginia.

Head inside to the information center and view the permanent exhibits of Civil War life and historical artifacts. There is a replica Union campsite, and you can even try on some Union uniforms!

Know Before You Go

  • This event will be outdoors, so wear comfortable shoes. Bring folding camp chairs if raised seating is an issue for you.
  • Civil War reenactments are family-friendly, educational events. Actors will take the time out to introduce vignettes and what each scene will portray -- you don't need to worry about inappropriate or scary programming.
  • Bring snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and a picnic blanket to make the most of the day at the park. This would be a perfect time to unplug and enjoy the outdoors.

For more information, call Fort C.F. Park at (703) 228-4775 or visit their website.

Fort C.F. Smith

Have you been to a Civil War reenactment before? Any tips for first-time visitors? Let us know in the comments below!

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