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American Civil War at Tatton's Old Hall

Prepare for a warm American welcome at Tatton’s Old Hall the weekend of September 5th and 6th when northern Yankees and deep south Confederates pitch camp at this historic estate in rural Cheshire East for their annual two day event.

The picturesque Old Hall and its grounds are the perfect settings for the American Civil War Society to portray life on campaign during that famous conflict. Historic buildings and lack of modern intrusions always add to the authenticity of the event, which really gives the feeling of how life was at that time. The Society’s members are some of the most approachable and enthusiastic re-enactors on the historical scene who are willing to share their experience with the visitor. They will portray the myth, romance and reality of the period as the public walk and talk their way through military lines, giving the chance to see close up the interaction between re-enactors and their weaponry, uniforms and belongings. Domestic life is also portrayed, with camp followers, wives and children.

Although North and South’s lines are close together and there may be some friendly banter and rivalry between them, no quarter will be given during the battle that takes place each day. Wood smoke will mingle with the acrid smell of gunpowder as gun and cannon fire, together with explosions, echo around the trees and walls of the Old Hall’s grounds. Rank and file soldiers, led by their sabre-wielding officers, will march with bravery and fear into the uncertainty of battle.

The North West has its own close association with the American Civil war as recruits left England to take sides or seek their fortunes. Others such as Lancashire cotton workers refused to handle southern cotton gathered by slave labour despite the knowledge that it would bring real hardship to themselves.

Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said: “I always find the American Civil War Society both fascinating and friendly. Founded 40 years ago they have the experience and knowledge to put on an exciting and informative show living up to their motto History – Alive!

American Civil War Weekend takes place at the Old Hall, Tatton Park Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. 12pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm).  Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16 (2 adults, up to 3 children).  Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.

For further information about the American Civil War Society (UK) visit http://www.acws.co.uk/ 

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant,  Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme. 

The Tatton Park Vision
The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision