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DeBary Hall hosts Living History Day

Posted On: January 22, 2021

 DeBary Hall hosts Living History Day

History will come to life at the fourth annual Living History Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

A civil war era camp and a medical tent will be displayed by the 37th Alabama Regiment Company H, a Civil War re-enactment group, offering presentations on Civil War weapons, life and artifacts.

Local historians will break down “What’s Under the Dress,” taking a look at and discussing the history of each layer of the dresses worn by women of the mid-1800s.The presentations will take place in the stable at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Retired teacher Nancy Schleicher will portray Dolley Madison during a one-woman show in the stable at 10 a.m. and noon.

Local actors Bill and Cara Elder will portray George and Martha Washington during a stable presentation at 2 and 3 p.m.

There is no charge to attend presentations held in the stable or outdoor venues. Registration is required in advance for all presentations in the stable.

Visitors can tour the 150-year-old winter hunting lodge of the DeBary family and visit with reenactors portraying various family members, including Frederick deBary. Tours will be available at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; advance registration is required. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.

Visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy against the scenic background of DeBary Hall. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

DeBary Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s open six days a week and is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

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