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2015 Lincoln Funeral Train and Leviathan visit NCTM for Civil War event

Funeral car is rebuilt inside and out

Lincoln's casket rests at one of of the re-built Lincoln Funeral Car. Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register

Lincoln’s casket rests in one of the re-built Lincoln Funeral Car. Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register

Replica train, reenactors, living history, expert speakers, cannon fire and more take place Aug. 28-30

 SPENCER — The Transportation Museum will host the Lincoln Funeral Train and the Leviathan locomotive for a full weekend of Civil War-era recreations, music, living history, tours, sutlers, and more, Aug. 28-30.

The Lincoln Funeral Train is a full size replica of the train that carried the mortal remains of Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Ill. in May of 1865.

The N.C. Transportation Museum will feature train rides behind this historic replica, a composite reenactment of some of the stops the train made across the nation, allowing the mourners to pay their respects, and a host of other Civil War themed activities.

The museum’s 57 acre site will be filled with reenactors, living history demonstrations, live music, expert speakers and much more.

Festivities begin Friday, Aug. 28 with Dinner and Music of the Civil War.  This 1860s era dinner and tasting of the First Ladies’ desserts will take place in the museum’s historic Bob Julian Roundhouse.

The Huckleberry Brothers will provide authentic music from the 1860s, brought to life with 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, concertina, tin whistle, bones and tambourine, while Civil War reenactors provide an artillery display near the turntable.

This special offering is separate from the daytime event ticket purchase.

Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 will feature reenactments of a stop by the Lincoln Funeral Train on the Bob Julian Roundhouse turntable.

Civil War reenactors, cannon firings, living history demonstrations, Civil war era weapons, a children’s military drill experience, history presentations, and live performances by the Huckleberry Brothers will add to the experience of stepping back in time.

Saturday night, the museum offers Lincoln Lost: Historical Vignettes Lantern Tour, with living history demonstrators telling how they heard the news of Lincoln’s assassination and what it meant to them.

Other offerings will include the Emancipation Proclamation “Freedom For All” exhibit, children’s activities and games, and Sutlers selling Civil War era items.

A full listing of activities and ticket information more can be found at www.nctrans.org, however combination options must be ordered by phone at 704-636-2889 ext. 224.

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