The Cravens House on Lookout Mountain will be the site of a Christmas open house this weekend. The historic structure will be decorated in a manner similar to how it would have looked during the Civil War era - had the Battles for Chattanooga not intervened.
As such, Christmas 1863 for the Cravens family was spent away from home. In fact, not much of the dwelling was even standing. Union soldiers and war correspondents camping on Lookout Mountain had stripped the home of its wood to have tent flooring, firewood and souvenirs.
Visitors this weekend will learn about some of the experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers at that time, provided by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park historians.
Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Reservations are required due to spacing limitations. To make a reservation, call the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.
For more information, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/chch.