Spring History Day
Celebrate the history of Morrisville and learn about Morrisville’s ties to the Civil War and what life was like after the war at the Spring History Day. Join us for period live music, snacks, games as well as Civil War re-enactors, artillery displays and presentations.
Saturday, April 9th from 10am to 2pm
Town Hall – 100 Town Hall Drive. Please park at Town Hall or the Indian Creek Greenway Trailhead across the street.
We are pleased to have the following expert presentations:
10:30 "Bluecoats and Tar Heels in 1865: The Transition from War to Peace in Western Wake County." Dr. Mark Bradley, US Army Center of Military History will speak about what soldiers and civilians faced a changed world at the end of the Civil War and the unknown world of Reconstruction. This lecture will focus on the interaction of Federal soldiers and North Carolina civilians during that time and how their actions shaped their postwar world.
11:30 "Deconstruction and Reconstruction in North Carolina, 1865-1877", Dr. Freddie Parker, North Carolina Central University will speak about African Americans in North Carolina entered a new world with the end of the Civil War. It would be a world that held bright promises but stood in the shadow of the past. Explore how Freedmen embraced their new found freedom and the challenges they faced.
12:30 My life has been out of the ordinary run of woman’s life”: Working Women in the Post-Civil War Economy Dr. Angela Marritt, Meredith College will speak about Alice Morgan Person, formerly a member of North Carolina’s slaveholder elite, reflected on a life “out of the ordinary” as a laboring woman after the Civil War. While her status and her chosen profession as a patent medicine manufacturer distinguish her work in important ways, she was one of a growing number of white women who earned a living in the unstable post-war economy. Person challenged the traditional presumption that a woman’s duty to her family required her to be a full-time homemaker, and instead defended her right to earn a good living to provide for them. In doing so, she made an important contribution to the discourse regarding transformative roles for women in the New South
Contact Kari with questions about the event: 919.463.6194 or Also check out: http://battleofmorrisville.org/