Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation are holding several events on Saturday, including a Civil War baseball game. Costumed interpreters will be playing the game — then spelled base ball, with two words — at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and visitors are welcome to join them, abiding by rules that were in place during the Civil War.
Some of those include that a batter is out if a hit ball is caught on one bounce or if he or she is hit with the ball while running between bases (the ball is much softer than it is today), according to a news release. No mitts are used either, and the park will provide period-correct bats and balls. Depending on the weather, the games will last for about an hour each.
The park also will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Clover Hill Tavern, its oldest structure. Ranger-led tours are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and staff will recreate elements of a historic tavern party, with cake and toasts on the porch, at 3:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/apco.