Experience Home Front Activities at 1860s Smith Family Farm, Encampments, Reenactments, and Demonstrations

WHAT: The Atlanta History Center’s commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial continues with the family program, Citizens and Soldiers. Experience home front activities, encampments, reenactments and demonstrations on the 1860s Smith Family Farm; living history interpreters bring the past to life through engaging gallery performances; and enjoy tours of the museum’s award-winning Civil War exhibition, Turning Point: The American Civil War.

WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

WHERE: Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road; Atlanta, GA

INFORMATION: 404.814.4000;

ADMISSION: Admission is free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. Purchase advance admission tickets online and save at

SUPPORT: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.


  • Meet the Past. Discover the trials and triumphs of individuals living during the American Civil War including citizens Carrie Berry, Celeste, Jasper Smith, and a 54th Regiment soldier, through gallery based character performances in the museum and at the Smith Family Farm.
    • Carrie Berry:  Understand the Civil War through the eyes of a small child and experience the hopes and troubles of a ten-year-old girl during wartime Atlanta.
    • Celeste: Meet Mrs. Celeste Johnstone at Smith Family Farm and hear how the Emancipation Proclamation affected her life and America.
    • Jasper Smith: Hear from Jasper Smith what it was like growing up on the Smith Family Farm. Listen as he explains his decision to go from a farm boy to a soldier of the Civil War.
    • Nate Barker: Join Nate Barker, a Union soldier, as he considers his future as a member of the 54th Regiment, one of the first official African American units in the U.S. Army.
  • Firing demonstrations, enlisting and marching activities representing both Union and Confederate soldiers presented by the Armory Guard.
  • Civil War Cooking Talk examines a staple part of a soldiers rations, hardtack.
  • Inflation activity
  • Cartridge rolling activity 
  • Guided Tours of Turning Point– 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM

    *Meet in front of the Turning Point Exhibition

    Guests are given a guided tour through Turning Point: The American Civil War where they can explore the most critical conflict in our nation’s history through one of the nation’s largest exhibitions on the Civil War featuring more than 1,500 original artifacts, photographs, dioramas, videos, and interactive components.

  • Music of the Civil War performed by Bonnie Blue Briana.
  • Delicious food and beverages for purchase from the Coca Cola Café serving a limited Chik fil A menu. Additionally, enjoy Bomb Squad Pizza available from 11 – 2 pm.