Row upon row of white tents, sheltering Civil War re-enactors, surrounded the Pennypacker Mills historic site over the weekend in Schwenksville PA.

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Two full days of scheduled events, from evening cannon fire to lectures on temperance from the Union Patriotic League and a great deal in-between, kept both visitors and re-enactors busy Saturday and Sunday (June 5 and 6, 2010) during a Civil War Reunion held at Montgomery County’s historic Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville PA.

Happy smiles and good-natured play prove the weekend wasn't all work.

“We love to be here,” said one participant who had traveled to the event from out-of-state, “and we have a lot of fun doing it.”

The reunion attracted hundreds of soldiers, tradespeople and families in period costumes, doing chores of the era … including preparing for battle. When re-enactors weren’t engaged leading someone else’s historic lives, they learned more about life during the war with several guest speakers.

Even on Sunday afternoon, as events at Pennypacker were winding down, visitors continued to stroll the grounds and meet history up close.

Many took it easy, and made themselves comfortable in the rocking chairs strategically positioned on the porch of Pennypacker Mansion.

A huge sign outside the historic site welcomed guests and volunteers alike.

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