The Elmbrook Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to research the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove and to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects from our past.
21st Annual Civil War Encampment
Come Join Us Next Year
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily
Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum
1075 Pilgrim Parkway
During this two day event, soldier re-enactors camp overnight on the grounds. One unit has long, rifled guns and the other carries a smaller mountain gun. Walk through the campsites, hear cannon roar, tour the Inn. Meet Mary Todd Lincoln and see a fashion show of 1860s clothing. Watch Cushing’s Battery demonstrate the artillery and fire the cannon. Bid on silent auction baskets.
Visitors will be able to:
View medical demonstrations of the care and treatment received by Civil War soldiers by the 17th Corps Field Hospital
Walk through the soldiers' campsites and see soldiers readying for battle
See artillery units drill and hear the cannon roar
See performances on Saturday by Jessica Michna as Mary Todd Lincoln at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Hear a concert by the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin at 12 noon on Sunday.
Learn about the Civil War and the role Wisconsin played in the war
Visitors also will learn what it was like to live during the Civil War.
Tour the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum restored with authentic artifacts
Observe or talk to a blacksmith, a fortune teller, and an embalmer, etc.
Learn how clothing and other items were made in the 1860s -spinning, quilting , bobbin lace making etc.
Attend a 1860’s Fashion Show on SaturdayPurchase handmade goods from merchants: candles, quilts, clothing, honey, baskets, tinware, lace, carpets, buttons, hard tack, toys, soaps etc.
Participate in children's games as children would have in the 1860's
Bid on wonderful silent auction baskets in the Inn, auction ending at 3:30 pm Sunday. Need not be present to win. Thank you to our donors!!
Shop for bonnets, Civil War hats, toy soldiers and other items at the Donaldson House Visitor's Center & Gift Shop
Schedule subject to change without notice
Food and Beverages Are Available Both Days
Children 6 to 12: $3.00
Children under 5 are free!
(Cash or check only)
Free parking and a shuttle is provided round trip from these parking lots to the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum. No parking on the grounds
Pilgrim Park Middle School 1500 Pilgrim Parkway, Elm Grove, WI
North Shore Bank, North Parking Lot 15700 W. Blue Mound Road, Brookfield, WI
2014 Civil War Days Participants
17th Corps Field Hospital
Civil War Nursing - Emily Matthews
Daughters of Union Veterans
Embalming Surgeon - Ed Klug
Fortune Teller - Carol Paulson
Grand Army of the Republic
Historical Time Keepers
Kepis & Dream Catchers
Mary Todd Lincoln - Jessica Michna
Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin
Undertaker - Scott Paulson
Prior Civil War Encampment
Crowds gather to see the canon fire.
Confederate troops come out from hiding in the underbrush.
Union troops fire canon.
President Lincoln examines wares sold by a
during the Civil War Encampment.