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Reenactment enthusiasts converge on Nash Farm

Tim Knight plans to spend two cool nights sleeping under a canvas wall tent. Meanwhile, A-frame tents will ring the countryside this weekend, at Nash Farm Battlefield Park, in Hampton. Organizers will kick off the annual reenactments of the Battle of Lovejoy Station, and the Battle of Nash Farm.

"Once we get in uniform for the weekend...we'll be camped out until Sunday with no more modern conveniences," Knight said.

During the day, the heavy wool-clad McDonough resident will roam the camp grounds at Nash Farm. By afternoon, he said he should be primed to take part in battle reenactments with the Georgia Volunteer Battalion, 30th Georgia Company E.

Knight, a lieutenant colonel with the battalion, is coordinating the fourth annual reenactment of the historic Civil War battles in Clayton and Henry counties. He said the event, deemed the Southern Jubilee and the Battle of Nash Farm, is the first to be fully sponsored by the McDonough-based 30th Georgia Company E.

The Southern Jubilee is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., Saturday; and from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m., Sunday. The Civil War battle reenactments are set to take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, for the Battle of Lovejoy Station, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, for the Battle of Nash Farm.

Knight said the weekend-long event will feature arts and crafts, living history guilds, drill demonstrations, uniform and rapid fire competitions, as well as period and modern day vendors of foods and wears.

Knight projects as many as 500 Civil War reenactors from as far away as Texas will join the festivities.

"We're expecting about 3,000 spectators, maybe more," added Knight. "We've got people coming from all over the state."

Cost for admission into the Southern Jubilee and the Battle of Nash Farm is $5 per person, per day. Children ages six and under are admitted free.

Knight said the festival will be accessible at 100 Babbs Mill Road, just off of Jonesboro Road, in Hampton. Parking is $3 per vehicle. To learn more, visit www.henrycountybattlefield.com.