Civil War trivia and curiosities are woven into this historical experience that transports one back to the time of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln. An antebellum-style performance hall with authentic 19th century costumes set the stage for a two hour flash-back to the Civil War South.
The owner and creator of this unique experience is Steve Gipson.
With all of the local color of east Tennessee to draw from, an original play was born. Mr. Gipson, a veteran of the stage, began to write and produce his two-hour production of "Granddaddy's Watch". He is joined on stage by his son, Race Gipson, who steals the show.
It is a tender tale of a die-hard Unionist and his Confederate cousin from eastern Tennessee. The story is crafted to engage the casual visitor, as well as inform the serious scholar. Audiences find themselves caught up in this amusing encounter as if they were, themselves, back in 1864. Although the story is fictional, it is based on actual accounts gleaned from hundreds of personal diaries and memoirs. It allows one to laugh and learn at the same time. It is, of course, family friendly.
The Buttonwillow Civil War Theater is Christian-based and is open year-round.
Pre-Show and full performance run about two hours.
Their Buttonwillow Christmas Production begins every Thanksgiving weekend with a special period decorations, including a tree trimmed just as they were in 1865...with a portrait of General Lee, himself, at the top.