"People are nicer back then. They have better manners. They treated people a little bit friendlier." says "The Irish Lady", who is a regular at Civil War festivals.
The settlers living in these campsites are not only doing demonstrations, they're living, eating and breathing just like they would 150 years ago.
"When you do this, you step back into 1860. I'm more comfortable in 1860 than I am in 2013. I prefer this." the Irish Lady says.
Re-enactors like the Irish Lady, who takes her role seriously...so seriously, she wouldn't reveal her actual name....but while she's here, she's made Baxter Springs her home--living in tents, cooking over a fire, sewing her own clothes, and living like a real civil war wife.
"When we're here, we really are a big family." she says.
The real life living experience has opened eyes to the millennial generation as well.
"You didn't have to worry about a phone, or a computer or stuff like that. I like that part about it. You get to touch old stuff." says 11 year old Mackenzie Ash.
And much of that old stuff can be seen year round at the Baxter Springs Historical Museum .. But on this special anniversary its the town's history coming to life for an even bigger experience.
And if you are interested in Civil War fashion from the 1860's, the Irish Lady provides a little bit of old fashioned advice to get you started.