The owners of the historic Farnsworth House Inn are expanding their promotion of history and education.
The inn will host an open house Saturday for its revamped Civil War camp, which provides visitors with an authentic look at what life was like on an 1860s farmstead.
Relocated from its former location across the street, the expanded camp is now tucked into a hidden piece of property just off the alley behind the Farnsworth House. The move represents the culmination of a vision Farnsworth House owner Loren Shultz had for the property many years back.
"We've been trying for 10 years to use this land for something, but it was zoned for hospital, and we couldn't get permission. And then finally a couple years ago, they gave me permission to operate it during the summer," said Shultz, who toyed with the idea of doing an outdoor theater before deciding upon the Civil War camp.
"I wanted to start the camp over here anyway, and now we can do what we always wanted to do with it," Shultz said.