Endview Plantation Civil War Living History
Located in northern Newport News, Endview Plantation has been the location of numerous Civil War reenactments and living history weekends. Reenactors from all over the country descend on the twenty-five acre historic site one or two weekends a year to participate in mock battles and share what the everyday life of a Civil War soldier was like on and off the battlefield. Visitors can explore Civil War history by entering soldiers’ camps and interacting with costumed interpreters portraying both soldiers and civilian women. In addition to battle tactics and scenarios, mundane details of camp life such as cooking and laundry chores are discussed with audiences.
Endview Plantation is a very relevant setting for learning about Civil War history, as the property and 1769 house were occupied by troops during the Peninsula Campaign, specifically the Siege of Yorktown. Confederate generals Lafayette McLaws and Robert Toombs were headquartered at Endview. McLaws’ brigade manned the defenses at Lee’s Mill on April 5, 1862 halting Union advance. Toombs’ brigade participated in the April 16, 1862 Battle of Dam Number 1 roughly three miles from Endview in what is now Newport News Park. A Civil War living history weekend is planned for April 13th and 14th, 2019 for Endview Plantation and neighboring Lee Hall Mansion as well as other regional historic sites.