Experience firsthand a radical time in our nation's history when Naper Settlement transforms into an 1864 Civil War encampment, where visitors can meet famous figures of the past, like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman. Hundreds of reenactors participate, staging a battle complete with blasting cannons and marching infantry.
This family-friendly event features food, fun and shopping on "Sutler's Row" for traditional Civil War-era reproduction products. Guests can enjoy the historical sounds of a 13-piece brass band, have a free vintage photograph taken, hear the Gettysburg Address and so much more! The battle begins at 2:30 PM each day!
Thank you to all who attended in 2019! Stay tuned for more information about next year!
Naperville Heritage Society Special Events have additional policies to the Naper Settlement's museum policy.
All patrons must prepare and complete a bag check.
Photographs may be taken and used in promotional materials.
No outside food or drinks. One factory sealed bottle of unflavored water or one empty beverage container (no glass) per person is permitted.
No pets are allowed. Service Animals are permitted.
Smoking and vaping are permitted in designated areas only.
The entrance to the festival will be through the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Free parking is available in the Municipal Parking Garage on the corner of Eagle and Aurora and in the Naper Settlement visitor's lot on Porter Avenue and Webster Street.
All Naperville Heritage Society events take place rain or shine. However, in the case of unsafe weather - lightning, tornado, etc. - Naper Settlement will close the grounds and cancel the event for the safety of its patrons.
All events and prices are subject to change without notice. Special event rates may vary. No refunds will be given in the event of inclement weather.
Email or call 630.420.6010 weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4 PM.