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May 24, 2013
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May 25-26, 2013
Civil War Comes to
Ohio Village This Weekend

Citizens of Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community in Columbus, are bracing for war! Visit this Saturday, May 25, or Sunday, May 26, and experience the heat, smoke and noise of the Civil War, complete with Union and Confederate troops, cavalry battles and gun and cannon demonstrations.

Union and Confederate Troops Encamped Saturday and Sunday
“With Civil War reenactors and their horses camping in Ohio Village throughout the weekend, you can experience a living town at the center of the Civil War,” says Ohio History Connection visitor experience manager Megan Wood. “You’ll also get a taste of civilian life during the war, with music, dancing, 1860s children’s games and much more.”

Battles at 1 p.m. Both Days
Battle reenactments take place at 1 p.m. both days. With the help of about 200 reenactors, you can experience life on the home front and the war front, including guard duty and everyday tasks like cleaning weapons and cooking. Additionally, you can:

• Visit a Soldiers’ Aid Society.
• Shop sutlers selling period clothing and other items for men, women and children.
• Drop by the camp of British military observers, to learn about the war’s international impact.
• Meet President Lincoln.
• See artillery demonstrations.
• Watch blacksmithing demonstrations.
• Attend a Civil War wedding.
• Be a “crank” (spectator) at an 1860s base ball match, featuring our Ohio Village Muffins.
• Learn period dancing and hear musical performances.
• Play 1860s children’s games.
• Hear a presentation about female spies in the Civil War.

Schedule (subject to change)

10 a.m.       Ohio Village Opens
10:30 a.m.  Meet President Lincoln / Town Hall
11 a.m.       Medicinal Herbs / Market House
                  Firing Demonstrations / Muffin Meadow
11:30 a.m.  Civil War Wedding / Village Church
Noon           Ohio Village Singers / Town Hall
12:30 p.m.  Mourning Traditions and Superstitions / Undertaker’s
                  Artillery Demonstrations / Muffin Meadow
1 p.m.         Battle Demonstration / Village Grounds
2:15 p.m.    Dance Practice / Town Hall
                  Meet President Lincoln / Church
                  Civil War Medicine / Market House
2:45 p.m.    “Why Sarah is Plain and Tall and Shuns Her Hoops” / Church
3 p.m.         Ohio Civil War 150 Award Presentations
                  Civil War Music with Steve Ball / Town Hall
3:45 p.m.    Johnny Clem by Payton Seats / Town Hall
4:15 p.m.    Children’s Pastimes and Pleasantries by Beth Aldridge / Schoolhouse
4:30 p.m.    Mail Call / Soldiers’ Camp
5 p.m.         Ohio Village Closes

Noon          Ohio Village Opens
12:20 p.m.  Female Spies / Town Hall
12:40 p.m.  Artillery Demonstrations / Muffin Meadow
1 p.m.        Battle Demonstration / Village Grounds
2:15 p.m.   Ohio Village Singers Ensemble / Town Hall
                 Staying Steadfast Through Persecution and Wars / Church
2:45 p.m.   Mourning Traditions and Superstitions / Undertaker’s
3 p.m.       1860s Base Ball: Muffins vs. Hoover Sweepers / Muffin Meadow
                 Civil War Music with Steve Ball / Town Hall
3:30 p.m.   Meet President Lincoln / Village Church
3:45 p.m.   Children’s Pastimes and Pleasantries by Beth Aldridge / Schoolhouse
5 p.m.        Ohio Village Closes

Military Activities Throughout Saturday and Sunday
• Cooking
• Camp Life
• Sewing, Weapons Cleaning, Playing Cards, Nap Time, Telling Stories
• Guard Duty

Civilian Activities Throughout Saturday and Sunday
• Cooking and Laundry / Farmhouse
• Cooking / Yellow House
• Soldier’s Aid Society / Hotel
• Blacksmithing Demonstrations
• Tailor / Fireside Room

Shop These Period Sutlers
• James Country Mercantile
• Bell Prairie Sutler
• Aldridge Clothiers
• Author Rick Baumgartner
• Army of Ohio
• The Makers of Hand Forged Iron
• K&K Sutler
• L.D. Haning & Co.
• Morris & Co. Historical Clothiers
• Curt Cable, Broom Maker

Food and Refreshments
Food and refreshments will be available for sale from local food trucks.

Planning Your Visit
Ohio Village is adjacent to the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111) in Columbus. Enter Ohio Village through the Ohio History Center museum. A House Divided is free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/child age 6-12, Free/child age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013. Questions? Call 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/AHouseDivided.

Why do reenactors reenact? Click here for a related story.

This summer’s activities and special events at Ohio Village and on-going care of the village are sponsored in part by gifts from Anonymous; Conestoga, a fund-raising support group of the Ohio History Connection; Crane Group; John Hauck Foundation; David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust; the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio; PNC Foundation; and the Village of New Concord.