Living History Festival with working Union, Confederate encampments to be held May 11 in Athens
By Kelly Kazek
April 16, 2013
ATHENS, Alabama – Visitors can experience the Civil War era when a Living History Festival featuring working Confederate and Union encampments is held May 11 at the historic Donnell House in Athens.

The event will also feature people in period-civilian dress, a strolling minstrel and a re-enactment of a crucial turning point in the Civil War, which occurred with federal troops at the Donnell House with Federal troops which impacted Limestone County.

The Living History Festival, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Council, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Hobbs Camp No. 768 and the Donnell House Foundation.

Cannon’s will be fired throughout the day and shooters will demonstrate long-rifles. Children will be able to “enlist” in the Donnell House Regiment, and undergo a mock physical examination prior being accepted for “rifle training.”

Signed and numbered prints by artist Lyn Stone featuring local historic events – the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle, Hobbs’ Farewell, the Battle of Athens and Fort Henderson – will be for sale at the Athens-Limestone County Visitors Center tent.

For more information, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North, call 256-232-5411 or 256-867-1438 or visit

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