Museum to host Civil War commemoration day

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House in Waynesville will host three Civil War commemorative groups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

The Civil War tribute event is held in conjunction with Downtown Waynesville Association’s Appalachian Lifestyles Celebration. The occasion will also recognize the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  

The Shelton House, built in 1875 by Civil War veteran Stephen Jehu Shelton and his wife Mahala Conley Shelton, will be open and free to the public all day. Curator Jackie Stephens and docents will conduct guided tours until 4 p.m. Civil War era clothing and memorabilia will be on display during the house tour.  

The 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Company C, will be re-enacting the enlistment of the 25th NC Infantry, Company C, which was the second unit to enlist in Haywood County. The group will set up a recruitment table and portray new raw recruits and how they may have been trained when they first enlisted.

The Captain Julius Welch, Camp 229, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will also participate. The group will set up a memorial of 294 replicas of the Southern Cross of Honor, engraved with each soldier’s name, rank, unit and company, cause of death, and death date.  The chapter will also display a large interpretive board with information about soldiers, Haywood County’s part in the Civil War, and photographs.

The third assembly of Civil War partners will be representatives from Mountain Rose, Chapter 33, Order of the Confederate Rose, an auxiliary of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Members will dress in period clothing.

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