Civil War Day, Saturday April 26 from 11:30 am to 2:20 pm, Free, Gaston County Museum.

Join us as we remember those that served through the Civil War, both for the Union and the Confederacy. This living history event will include military drills, musket firing demonstrations, camp life displays, and activities to help everyone understand what life was like for those that served during the War Between the States.


North Carolina Highland Regiment, 71st Highlander Encampment, Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 from 9 am to 5 pm, Cowpens National Battlefield.

The 71st Highlanders fought at the Battle of Cowpens. They will have weapons firing demonstrations frequently throughout both days.


Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style), Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.

Antiques dealer Michael Hanson will examine visitor’s items and offer advice and information.  He will examine a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds!   Cost is $5.00 per item. Limit 2 items per person.


1864 – Charlotte and the Civil War, Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 pm, at the Matthews Women’s Club, 208 South Trade Street,  Sponsored by the Matthews Historical Foundation.

Award winning author and historian Michael C. Hardy will present a program based on his recent book Civil War Charlotte: Last Capital of the Confederacy.  Mr. Hardy has researched and written a large number of books on North Carolina in the Civil War and here tells the previously untold story of the important part played by Charlotte in that war.


Downton Abbey-style Tea, Sunday, April 27 at 4 to 5:30 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, registration requested, Cost $20.

Join us for a Downton Abbey-style English tea that will feature trivia games and prizes. The event will feature freshly-brewed hot tea and homemade desserts made with recipes from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.  Following tea, guests will have the opportunity to tour the Hezekiah Alexander House and Museum galleries.