Civil War at Cumberland Gap!

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Join us as history unfolds...

Attend a secession debate, listen to the thoughts of Lincoln and Lee, become a participant in the story of the war between the states at Cumberland Gap.

Civil War dress
Civil War dress

Living History
Numerous living history venues will showcase the story of the Civil War. Topics will include: The Emancipation Proclamation, daily lives of soldiers, communications, flags, sutlers and supplies.

Encounters in the Dark
An underground candlelit journey into the "Soldier's Cave" will provide participants the opportunity to stand where the soldiers stood and learn of their daily lives stationed on the mountain overlooking the historic Cumberland Gap.

Civil War Era Ball
Period clothing and music will be on full display as we dance under the stars!

"Tea and Corsets"
An afternoon of historic fashion and sweet delicacies.

Unveiling of a Restored Cannon
Recently restored cannons and earth works willl be unveiled.

Vendors with costumes and period wares will be on site. Period items will be available to observe and even purchase!

Daily Schedule (52KB) - printable pdf

soldiers hauling cannons along the Wilderness Road near Cumberland Gap
soldiers hauling cannon along the Wilderness Road near the Cumberland Gap

Are you a reenactor or a period vendor? Would you like to take part in this spectacular event?

If you are interested in participating in this juried event fill out an application.

For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965


(606) 248-2817

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