WEEKEND GETAWAY: FREE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT AT SOCORRO

February 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Freebies, Weekend & Day Trips

Civil War reenactor photo by Toby and Tai Shan; Creative Commons license

When you think “Civil War,” you generally think Gettysburg, Missionary Ridge, Sherman’s march to the sea, etc. You don’t generally think Socorro.

But the truth is, New Mexico hosted quite a bit of Civil War action. And the reenactors will be out in force February 27 through March 1 just south of the Duke City.

The events start Friday night with a “Political Rally” in the Socorro Plaza at 6:00pm. Colonel Canby and General Sibley will debate the states’ right to secede. Saturday and Sunday, living history camps open at 8:00am to the public. Saturday at 10:30am, the Battle of Valverde begins at the Escondida Bridge (Exit 152). At 3:00pm is a Victorian Ladies’ Fashion Show & Tea Social at the historic Garcia Opera House.

At 5:00pm Saturday, the Siege of Socorro begins. This is the only in-town Civil War reenactment in the United States. After the soldiers have fought it out, there’s a Fandango at 7:00pm at the Garcia Opera House. We’re pretty sure the blues and grays will make nice at this event.

On Sunday, events move back to the Escondida Bridge and include a period church service at 9:00am.

We weren’t able to confirm whether or not there’s a fee for the Fashion Show & Tea Social or the Fandango, but the reenactment events themselves should all be free to the public.

As this extravaganza of historical entertainment weren’t enough, the Socorro Chamber of Commerce has put together some getaway packages that include discounted hotel rates, dining discount cards, and $12 tickets to a concert by the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Friday night at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking for something cheap and interesting to do the last weekend of February, this is it! It’s a great event for homeschool families, too.

WHAT: Siege of Socorro Civil War Reenactment Weekend
WHEN: Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1
WHERE: Socorro and vicinity

–Elizabeth Hanes


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2 Responses to “WEEKEND GETAWAY: FREE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT AT SOCORRO”
  1. New Mexico, never read that in our history books. Learn something new everyday!

  2. New Mexico, never read that in our history books. Learn something new everyday!

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