published Friday, May 31st, 2013

Weekend events planned at greater Chattanooga area national military park sites

Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has announced special events scheduled this weekend and next.

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, living history volunteers will portray the men of the CCC's "Tree Army" on Saturday and Sunday at Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Thirty-minute ranger programs also will be presented on Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Between 1933 and the start of World War II, during the height of the Great Depression, the CCC gave 2.5 million young single men jobs, an education and hope for the future. At the park, volunteers will describe how they worked to rebuild a nation from the economic disaster.

In another event, the 2nd South Carolina String Band will play at Point Park on Lookout Mountain on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. The string band performs mid-19th century music with authentic instruments. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs to enjoy the hour-long concert sponsored by Friends of the Park.

Visitors to Point Park on June 8 can also view the Civil War artillery demonstrations being held at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Park rangers and living historians will describe what life was like for artillerymen engaged in the Battles for Chattanooga.

For visitors who want to know more about what happened along the slopes of Lookout Mountain 150 years ago, park rangers will lead guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Meet rangers inside the Point Park entrance gate for the tour.

These special events are free with regular paid admission to Point Park: $3 for ages 16 and older. Point Park admission is free to ages 15 and younger.

For more information about park programs, visit www.nps.gov/chch.

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