WW I Encampment at Muddy Creek Forks.
WW I Encampment at Muddy Creek Forks. (Submitted photo)

An exhibit will allow visitors at Muddy Creek Forks to interact with re-enactors from World War I this weekend.

There will not be any battle re-enactments, but men representing American, French and German military members will be encamped near the Heritage Village of Muddy Creek Forks.

The event is a chance to hear the experiences of soldiers who are not

remembered as much, said Jerry McCloskey, president and director of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society.

McCloskey said the veterans from World War I have passed away, and having events like this allows the public to still hear their stories.

"This fills that void," he said.

Realism: McCloskey said some of the re-enactors are historians who have studied what the average solider faced while serving in the war.

They will be wearing the uniforms of the time, will use authentic equipment and will talk with visitors who have questions about the typical experience. Many of the weapons from that period will be on display.

The Heritage Village will also be open for tours and scenic train rides. McCloskey said the village is meant to replicate a town from 1915, in the era of World War I. Visitors can see the general store, post office and the railroad that sustained the town.

Talking with the re-enactors and seeing the village are free. Train fare is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12.

Visitors can interact with the World War I re-enactors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The location of the re-enactors will be 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road in Airville. For more information and directions, visit www.maandparailroad.com.

-- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.