Sum­mer pro­grams begin at Chicka­mauga Park

The Catoosa County News - - SPIRITUAL -

Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park in­vites the public to take part in sum­mer pro­gram­ming oc­cur­ring at Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field and Look­out Moun­tain Bat­tle­field.

Pro­grams begin Satur­day, May 23, and end mid-Au­gust. The Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the Look­out Moun­tain Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Vis­i­tors can join a park ranger on a hike to Sn­od­grass Hill or to Bat­tle­line Road ev­ery Wed­nes­day - Satur­day, where they will fol­low per­sonal sto­ries of the sol­diers dur­ing the fight­ing in Septem­ber 1863.

Vis­i­tors can also par­tic­i­pate in a daily car car­a­van tour of the bat­tle­field, stop­ping at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions to dis­cuss how the battle un­folded around them. Rangers will pro­vide spe­cial talks fo­cus­ing on the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s “Find Your Park” ini­tia­tive, the cre­ation of the na­tional mil­i­tary park 125 years ago, and the uses of ar­tillery dur­ing the battle of Chicka­mauga ev­ery Mon­day through Satur­day at the vis­i­tor cen­ter.

On Fri­days, living his­to­ri­ans will al­low vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to meet a Con­fed­er­ate or a Union sol­dier at the vis­i­tor cen­ter to learn about the lives of sol­diers en­gaged in the Battle of Chicka­mauga. This pro­gram will in­clude a fir­ing demon­stra­tion of a re­pro­duc­tion ri­fle.

For those wish­ing to hear the roar and smell the smoke of a re­pro­duc­tion Civil War can­non, they may do so on Satur­day, July 25 and Satur­day, Sept. 5. Th­ese living his­tory pro­grams will take place ad­ja­cent to the vis­i­tor cen­ter.

At Look­out Moun­tain Bat­tle­field, be­tween Wed­nes­day and Sun­day, vis­i­tors can join a park ranger on a guided tour of Point Park, where they learn about the des­per­ate fight­ing on the slopes of the moun­tain.

Ev­ery Thurs­day through Sun­day, vis­i­tors can par­tic­i­pate in brief talks fo­cus­ing on the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s “Find Your Park” ini­tia­tive and the cre­ation of the na­tional mil­i­tary park 125 years ago.

On Sun­days, a ranger will lead an af­ter­noon hike along the trails of Look­out Moun­tain, dis­cussing how the battle un­folded in the foggy mist in 1863.

On Satur­days, living his­to­ri­ans will al­low vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to meet a Con­fed­er­ate or a Union sol­dier in­side Point Park to learn about the lives of sol­diers en­gaged in the Battle of Look­out Moun­tain. This pro­gram will in­clude a fir­ing demon­stra­tion of a re­pro­duc­tion ri­fle.

An en­try fee of $3 per adult, ages 16 and older, is re­quired to en­ter Point Park. Chil­dren 15 and younger en­ter free.

Tours of the Cravens House, on Look­out Moun­tain, are avail­able for vis­i­tors on Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noon. In ad­di­tion to tour­ing the house, vis­i­tors can learn about the area where some of harsh­est fight­ing of the battle took place.

For those vis­i­tors on Look­out Moun­tain wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram where a re­pro­duc­tion Civil War can­non is fired by park crew mem­bers, they may do so in­side Point Park on Satur­day, May 30, July 4 and Aug. 8.

For more in­for­ma­tion about pro­grams, in­clud­ing spe­cific times, at Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park, con­tact the Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 706-866-9241, the Look­out Moun­tain Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 423-821-7786, or visit the park’s web­site at nps.gov/chch.

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