Annual Civil War camp invites kids to explore life during the 1800’s

FRANKLIN, Tenn. –– The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again provide a hands-on, 1860s-style summer camp experience for children ages 8 to 12. The Calicos and Cadets program will be offered in two unique sessions,

“Calicos and Cadets is an exciting opportunity to engage young historians,” said Sarah Falck, education coordinator at The Battle of Franklin Trust. “With this fun alternative to traditional summer camps, history is brought to life and campers learn about the Civil War era with a variety of activities.”

The stories of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation tell not only the fateful story of the Battle of Franklin, but also demonstrate how the war changed the lives of everyday people. At both sessions, children will learn the basics of 1800s life – from the significance of the war to how it affected civilians, soldiers, and children. The June session features activities such as churning butter, digging for artifacts and playing period games to discover 19th century America. In July, campers will create an authentic field hospital, in addition to enlisting, marching and drilling.

“Educational activities like Calicos and Cadets are an important aspect of our programming,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “We strive to provide effective and enjoyable ways for younger generations to learn about this pivotal era of our country’s history.”

Two sessions of Calicos and Cadets are available – June 20-22 and July 11-13. Both sessions will run daily from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will take place at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Advance registration is required. The cost is $125 per camper for each three-day session.

For information or to register, visit or contact Sarah Falck at The required medical and permission forms are also available on The Battle of Franklin Trust’s website.

About The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c) 3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history. For more information, visit


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