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Learning about the life of a Civil War soldier

Tom Smith holds his musket as he interprets the life of a Civil War soldier at the Sykesville Gate House Musuem of History on June 30, 2013. He will be appearing at the museum at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Now that summer is almost history, are you interested in learning a little more about United States history?

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History invites everyone to hear "The Tale of a Civil War Soldier" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. The hour-long presentation will be in Millard Cooper Park, across the street from the museum's location at 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville.


Civil War re-enactor Tom Smith will present his impression of a soldier in that war, wearing his uniform and describing life in the army and in battle. He will have items that a soldier would have used, and will demonstrate the proper way to fire a Civil War musket.

"He has some genuine artifacts that he has collected himself," said Andra Dennett, curator of the Sykesville Gate House Museum.


"It's free admission," Dennett said, "but the Sykesville Gate House Museum will be happy to accept donations."

Those donations will go to support the museum. Referring to Smith, Dennett said, "He does this on his own time. He's very altruistic."

After the presentation, audience members will get a chance to talk directly to Smith, ask questions, and look at gear and his collection. The event is geared to be understandable to children and interesting for the whole family.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating for the program.

There is plenty of room to park in the Sykesville Middle School parking lot across the street from Millard Cooper Park, and handicap-accessible parking is available at the park. The park also has handicap-accessible restrooms.

To learn more, call the museum at 410-549-5150 or email The museum's normal operating hours are Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Showing cars

If you prefer your history to be a little more recent, check out the Fourth Annual Classic & Antique Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Fairhaven retirement community, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.


Admission is free for spectators and $10 per car for show entries, which will receive dash plaques and be eligible for door prizes. More than 60 trophies are ready to be awarded to the show winners, including Longest Distance, Best Interior, Residents' Choice and Executive Director's Choice.

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Music for the event will be provided by DJ Blaine Brown. WLIF 101.9 radio will be broadcasting live from Fairhaven from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Even though admission is free, you will want to bring along cash for some fun spending. The residents of Fairhaven will be sponsoring a flea market and a sale of antiques and collectibles.

You can also buy tickets for the 50/50 drawing or for the raffle, with prizes including a one-night stay in Ocean City, Ravens merchandise and other items donated by local merchants. You will also be able to buy food and beverages.

Proceeds will benefit Access Carroll Integrated Health.

The rain date for the event will be Sunday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


For more information, contact Tammy Fleming at 410-876-6509 or

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or