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Civil War Days Draws Hundreds to Dexter's Gordon Hall (VIDEO)

Festival reenactments include military life, and civilian encampments during the 1860s.

The grounds of Gordon Hall came alive this weekend as visitors across Michigan descended on Dexter for the second annual celebration.

The event, which featured military encampments, musical performances and demonstrations of life in the 1860s, was a fitting tribute for the 151st anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.

“We’re providing a snapshot of Michigan in 1861, when President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 troops and the Michigan 4th Infantry began mustering volunteers,” event chairwoman Donna Fisher said.

Fisher said she was impressed with the public turnout.

“I am thrilled to see so many smiling faces,” she said. “We wanted to put on an event that was both historical and affordable and I think we’ve done that.”

Beverly Hill said in addition to honoring the lives lost in the Civil War, the event was also a fundraiser to draw public interest back into Gordon Hall.

Hill said the Dexter Area Historical Society still owes roughly $280,000 on its $1.5 million mortgage for the property.

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