Civil War life-size figures go to auction

February 6

Gettysburg’s American Civil War Wax Museum is going out of business and its 95 figures, including those of President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. Robert E. Lee, will be sold at auction on March 15, beginning at 9 a.m. Also listed in the sale at the museum are all the theatrical props used in the displays including clothing, furniture, curtains, backdrops, murals and lighting.

Advertising for the museum said it offered five hallways of scenes that “recreates history with life-sized dioramas” and told, “the entire story of the Civil War era and the Battle of Gettysburg with remarkable realism.”

The 52-year-old museum, long a stable of family visits to the famous battlefield and town, was sold in August 2013, when the owners decided to retire. FutureStake Inc. of Gettysburg purchased the building and has renamed it, the Gettysburg Heritage Center. The museum and gift shop were kept open through last year.

According to news stories, plans call for a new, interactive way to tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and of the town where it took place.

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