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Day Trip to North San Diego County: Civil War Reenactment in Vista

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Please Read all the Directions and Instructions below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event:

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is part of a series of events taking place in Northern San Diego County. The events are a la carte, meaning you don't need to attend this event to attend the other ones.

3) I will organize a carpool but of you do carpool, you will have to attend all the other events I am hosting that day. I estimate we will return to LA around 6 PM.

4) The carpool meeting point is the LA Zoo parking lot right beside the Autry Museum.

5) If you carpool, please give your designated driver $25 to reimburse for gas and car maintenance.

6) I estimate we will arrive at the site about an hour before 12 pm battle. During this time we will explore the grounds and the museum. The battle lasts for 45 minutes and then we will depart and go on to the next scheduled event.

To see a video of what to expect:

Directions from LA: Take I-5 to Oceanside. Go east on Hwy. 76 about 6 miles to N. Santa Fe Road. Turn right there and go about 2 miles to 2040 N. Santa Fe Road and turn right there to enter the museum grounds.

The event, developed by Gold Coast Festivals and Visions In Time Foundation will bring together Civil War reenactment groups from all over California who will spend the weekend recreating one of the most important periods in American History. This will be the largest reenactment ever held in this area. Visitors will have a first hand look at the sights and sounds of battle as well as a chance at involvement in living history presentations in the camps.

Visitors can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, authentic battles, meet with the soldiers in their camps, attend demonstrations and
more during the two-day festival. Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.

Located on 55 acres of rolling farm ground, 2012 will mark the 36th year the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum has been in Vista. Over that period our Museum has grown to become one of the premier educational and recreational facilities in North San Diego County. With around one thousand volunteers, our Museum's collections focus on the 1849 through the early 1960’s era with exhibits that actively demonstrate farm equipment and tools from horse drawn through modern row crop.

Unique from traditional Museum, our collection is maintained in operating condition and used during a wide range of events held here on the grounds. Volunteers operate our equipment to help maintain and repair, our property and our collections. While our Museum is operated as a semi-static museum most days we do have active demonstrations throughout the week. Our Weaving exhibit is open every Saturday & Thursday for demonstration. Blacksmithing is taught and demonstrated every Saturday from beginning through advance classes and our N' Scale Model Railroad building is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

While all of our exhibits are here on a daily basis for you to come look at and enjoy during our June and October Tractor Shows our whole grounds come alive with activity. Visitors have the rare opportunity to see crops taken from the field through to the kitchen. Traditional crafts and trades include farriers, weavers, rope makers and woodcarvers. Volunteer members supply support and man [and woman] power for all Museum programs and operations.

During this time just as in the 19th & early 20th century, our Farmhouse is the center of activity. In our country kitchen volunteers show what a farm wife did. Using cold food storage options like the ice box and cooking on a wood burning stove. Our volunteers prepare fresh bread and cookies, and there are tasty complimentary samples. In our country parlor volunteers show how a farm woman spent her days. Sewing clothing for the family and quilt making on turn of the century foot treadle sewing machines.

On our farm we have a Blacksmith shop and a Wheelwright shop. Steam and gas, stationary and mobile industrial power units. Each year we grow a crop of winter wheat, demonstrating local dry land farming techniques. During our twice yearly tractor shows, we demonstrate harvesting and shocking. Our Gristmill grinds crops into flour that you may purchase at a reasonable cost. During the summer months we grow a crop of irrigated Sorghum Cane, which is harvested and processed into Molasses, during our October Tractor Show.

The nature of our Museum's programs evokes nostalgic memories of rural lifestyles and family traditions. More importantly, we believe it offers a means for young people to learn about and build upon the reassuring foundations of the past. It is our Museum's goal to capture an important element of our society and preserve it for present and future generations.

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is literally a self sustaining non-profit corporation. The bulk of our Museums operating budget comes from activities and events promoted, planned and manned by our volunteer members. Our museum is also generously supported by the County of San Diego which provides our 55 acre museum site; and numerous corporate sponsors. Many of our Museum's educational programs, exhibits and our endowment fund are funded via grants and individual donors. Our museum is registered as a non-profit corporation and all gifts of collection items, cash or tangible property are tax deductible. Contact our Museum office for details or visit Support the Museum.

Our collections number well over 20,000 items, ranging from a 300 HP Allis Chalmers Corliss stationary steam engine with a 19,000-pound flywheel, to rare manuals and photographs. In recent years new buildings have been completed to house and exhibit our collections.

We have educational programs from pre-school through adult education. Our museum elementary program, School of Times Past, continues to expand to meet demand. Internship studies in Museumology, Collections Management and Small Business Administration are offered. Our Museum currently sponsors a Cub Scout Troop, a Boy Scout Troop (744), and the Buena Vista 4-H.

Numerous documentaries focused on our Museum's collections have been filmed for movies, television and the video market. Our Museum is consistently featured in books and calendars sold through collector's groups and major booksellers. In addition, videos of our Threshing Bee Antique Engine and Tractor Shows are produced for our museum and sold nationwide. Watch for our equipment in the movies and made for television productions including Stargate, Mulholland Falls, LA Confidential, Pearl Harbor, the HBO Series Carnival, Tremors 4 and The Time Machine; just to name a few.

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  • Dev

    Up early enough with intention, but won't make it down today. Sorry for the late notice.

    March 10, 2013

  • Robert

    The official carpool spot will be at the LA Zoo parking lot right beside the Autry Museum. We will meet there at 9 AM.

    March 4, 2013

  • Darrell

    Would love to attend. Anyone driving from the Hollywood area?

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I have to work. I'm sorry, have fun.

    March 2, 2013

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