Civil War Day-Camp Gives Kids Unique Perspective

Children in Waynesboro learned about the Civil War's significance in the Valley.

Reenactor Bethany Reynolds dressed up as Gen. Stonewall Jackson's wife, Anna, to teach kids about the civil war.

“It's hands-on, they actually see it,” said Reynolds. “It's not in a classroom in a setting that way with a chalkboard or whatnot. They see what we're wearing, they hear our stories, and they learn more.”


Children headed to a day-camp to learn about the civil war and its 150th anniversary. They learned about battles fought in the Valley and what life was like during the war.

Camper Iain Mayers dressed up as President Abraham Lincoln and shared why he thinks the anniversary is worth remembering.

“I think it's important, because then if we don't know about it, then no one will know about it,” said Mayers.

One-hundred and fifty years ago, Confederate and Union soldiers fought just feet away from the camp where children learned about that history.

Reynolds hoped to teach a new generation about the Valley's role during the war between the states.

“People need to realize their own heritage, where they come from, and embrace your heritage. It's a big plus. You need to know where your family roots are,” said Reynolds.

The camp is for elementary-aged children and ran through Thursday. Other events included a tea party, storytelling and games from the time of the Civil War.

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