The War Between the States will being played out in the hills of Calico Ghost Town over President's Day Weekend, Feb. 19-21. The American Civil War Society, the largest Civil War re-enacting association in Southern California, will bring to life the troop drills, inspections, infantry, artillery and cavalry brigades, as well as the fashions, and soldier encampments depicting the life and times of this historic period.
Battles are scheduled twice daily on Feb. 19 and 20 at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Among the war-specific drills, canon firings, and sharpshooter demonstrations, visitors will also experience the Civil War from the civilian point of view. There will be fashion shows, music -- from brass bands to guitars, banjos and flutes -- and townspeople displaying their crafts and trades. Each day, an Abe Lincoln re-enactor will deliver "The Gettysburg Address."
Calico Ghost Town has camp sites with full, partial or no hook-ups. Camping reservations can be booked directly online at www.sbcountyparks.com. Camping patrons receive up to six admissions per unit to the event. Individual admission for the event is: $10 adults; $5 youth 6-15; and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
In addition to camping, Calico has cabins, mini-bunkhouse and a bunkhouse accommodations. Reservations for these must be booked by calling the park at 800-86-CALICO.
Calico Ghost Town is located off I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit, ten miles north of Barstow.