Visitors take part in Civil War reenactment at No. 9 Mine
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tour visitors were suprised during the No. 9 Mine and Museum Picnic after being ambushed by Civil War soldiers reenacting a mine car gold heist. Visitors, holding their hands high, laughed as soldiers carried a trunk full of fools gold from the car.
Visitors to Sunday's Old Fashioned Picnic at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford were treated to a variety of homemade foods and fun and educational activities. The main attraction of the event featured a full day Civil War reenactment courtesy of the 8th Georgia Infantry Rome Light Guard Company A and 1st Maryland Infantry. Volunteer Dale Freudenberger said, "Visitors learned about what life was like for soldiers during the battle, as well as seeing what a typical camp looked like, what kind of dress they wore, and the struggles they faced."
The encampment also included multiple musket firing, military tribunal and cooking demonstrations. Flag history and etiquette was also presented by the Carbon Navy Club ship 260.
In addition to the reenactment, visitors were able to tour the historic No. 9 Coal Mine, which opened in 1855, and experience what it was like to work underground in a coal mine.
No. 9 Mine President Dave Kuchta stated his appreciation to all the volunteers, reenactors and visitors that came out in support of the mine and museum.