I suspect most of our visitors don’t know it’s there. It isn’t easy to see. It’s in a bit of a dark recess over their heads. But if you’ve ever wanted to steal a kiss in the White House of the Confederacy, Christmas season is your chance. Hanging in the doorway between the Central and Western Parlors is a Kissing Ball.
A Kissing Ball is a sphere of greenery with a bit of mistletoe affixed to the bottom. A red bow makes this a perfect Christmas decoration.
Part of the Museum’s mission is to explore the legacies of the American Civil War, and that certainly includes the experiences of the war’s veterans. Currently, our Museum in Appomattox features an exhibit covering veterans in the South. Here’s the story of two artifacts from that exhibit.
“Summer Dress is down.” As the Interpretation Supervisor for the American Civil War Museum, I got to post that recently for our interpretive staff in the White House of the Confederacy. What this means is that all of the things that are altered in the house for summer (slip covers on furniture, mosquito bar over beds) have been taken down and our interpreters need to eliminate summer dress from their tours. I like to give them a heads up when things like this happen.
In the spring of 1866, after the U.S. Government began organizing a system of national cemeteries to preserve and maintain the graves of United States soldiers, communities throughout the South mobilized to care for the graves of the Confederate dead. In May 1866, many of those communities designated special days to decorate those graves.
Christmas is a magical time of year at the American Civil War Museum. The lobby of the Museum of the Confederacy is adorned with garlands, bows, and a tree decorated with ornaments typical of the Civil War era. The staff decks the halls of the White House of the Confederacy, adding a beautiful touch to the historic home.