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Re-Enactment of Lincoln’s Funeral Train Planned in April

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through what is now known as Stone Gables Estate on April 22, 1865. The historic site in West Donegal Township is inviting the public to its first re-enactment of the funeral procession on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23.

Bells and whistles, re-enactors, and mounted troops will celebrate the arrival of the Lincoln Funeral Car, also known as “United States,” when it travels on the .62 mile of original railbed as it did on April 22, 1865.

There will be two opportunities to experience this historical event: a one-day general admission or a twoday VIP experience. Both days will include seeing and experiencing: the only fullscale replica of the original Lincoln funeral car, fullyfurnished as it was on April 22, 1865 including a replica of Lincoln’s coffin; the original railbed (built 1832); original hand-cut and hand-laid stone wall; the originalfuneral train route (re-enactment Monday only); a full-scale replica of an original 4-4-0 steam locomotive; a periodcorrect 1850

passenger car to carry the troops; periodcorrect band and music; restored and rebuilt Herr’s Mill covered bridge with troops crossing the Conoy Creek; re-enactors in period-correct dress; sutler’s village; photo and history displays; living historic lectures by Abraham Lincoln presenter Fritz Klein and others; Lincoln funeral train art located in the museum at the Star Barn; limited tickets available for scheduled walk-through of the Lincoln funeral car and 1850 passenger car.

The two-day VIP experience includes all general admission events plus a commemorative mourning badge and a pre-scheduled exclusive VIP train ride on 1850 Passenger Car (Tuesday), VIP cocktail reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and a VIP dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday with special presentations.

Re-enactors who wish to participate in the event should register online here. Details can be found and tickets ordered here.

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