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Civil War Weekend – The Great Central Sanitary Fair of 2024


*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 05/19/2024
During the Civil War, the US Sanitary Commission organized large fairs to raise funds for soldiers’ aid, including the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia. To mark the 160th anniversary of this major event, the Peter Wentz Farmstead will be hosting our own version of the fair. View historic demonstrations, shop our vendors, and meet Union soldiers. Join us for this unique event where past and present collide!

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Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Civil War Weekend – The Great Central Sanitary Fair of 2024

During the Civil War, the US Sanitary Commission organized large fairs to raise funds for soldiers’ aid, including the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia.  To mark the 160th anniversary of this major event, the Peter Wentz Farmstead will be hosting our own version of the fair.  The original Sanitary Fair featured 200,000 square feet of vendors showing off anything from fine art to industrial displays.  For three weeks in June, nearly 30,000 visitors per day came to Logan Square to show support for the Union, even President Lincoln himself! 

Visitors can check out historic demonstrations like wet-plate photography and the Tent of Curiosities, and learn about how the Sanitary Commission assisted in the war effort.  Support local businesses by shopping for native plants, incredible artwork, and more!  Meet Union soldiers and watch infantry and artillery demonstrations. 

Join us for this unique event where past and present collide!

All ages; free.


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Organization:

Peter Wentz Farmstead

Location:

2030 Shearer Road
Lansdale, PA, 19446
United States

Phone:

610-584-5104
Contact name: 
Carly Schmidt
The event has already taken place on this date: 
05/19/2024
Time: 
10:00AM - 3:30PM
Price: 
Free

Ages

2-3 years 4-5 years 6-8 years 9-12 years Teenagers All Ages Adults & kids together Adults without kids