Ohio Village Soldiers’ Aid Fair

Ohio Village, Columbus

Saturday, May 24: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, May 25: Noon - 5pm

Experience the rally for Union troops with music, food and Ladies' Bazaar as Ohio Village opens its summer season with an event for the whole family!

In the middle of the Civil War, soldiers' aid fairs were held in major cities throughout the Union.  These fairs consisted of craft bazaars, horticulture displays, special balls, famous speakers, and many other special activities and attractions all focused on raising money for the care and supplies for the Union troops.  The U.S. Sanitary Commission and many women-led groups and churches took the lead in organizing these significant efforts.  SanitaryPhoto3.jpg

Come participate in a fun-filled, activity-rich experience as the Ohio Village recreates the patriotic and jubilant atmosphere of a period soldiers' aid fair

Admission is FREE with general admission to the Ohio History Center. $10/adults, $9/seniors, $5/youth ages 6-12, children 5 and under are free, and Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. Questions? Call 800.686.1541.


Ohio History Center/Ohio Village


800 E. 17th Ave. (17th Ave & 71)

Columbus Ohio 43211

Click here for a map and driving directions.


To register as a reenactor click here to download a form. Or click here to register online. Reenactors can register by invitation only. Civilian registration is open to all. To inquire about an invitation please contact Anthony Gibbs at agibbs@ohiohistory.org. 

Interested in being a vendor at the fair? Download a form here!