Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Civil War in Maysville Kentucky

The Cincinnati Post covered the Civil War Living History Weekend taking place in Old Washington today and tomorrow, which accurately presents life as it was during Civil War times. Special activities throughout the weekend include demonstrations desifor the kids, a ladies tea, a dance on Saturday night, and, of course, the battles on Saturday and Sunday featuring artillery fire. All of these are free and open to the public.

From the Cincinnati Post:

Maysville's Washington Historic District is a unique 18th-century village of shops and museums built around a town square. The preserved period setting makes a perfect backdrop for the Civil War Living History Weekend, to be held Saturday and Sunday in the Northern Kentucky community.

Several historic figures will be seen in the village throughout the weekend. In addition to Harriet Beecher Stowe (played by Joyce Huggins of Cincinnati), visitors are likely to meet Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Cincinnati's Stan Wernz) and Generals Robert E. Lee (played by Al Stone of West Virginia) and Jefferson Davis (recreated by Cliff Howard of Frankfort).

In a returning feature that proved popular last year, Lincoln, Lee and Davis will sit down together each day for roundtable discussions on a variety of issues surrounding the Civil War.

One of the favorite events for the ladies is the Saturday "tea" held at 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Although this year's speaker, Lanette Parnell, will discuss mourning customs of the era, the tea is a lighthearted social gathering. It's also one of the photographers' favorites as many guests wear period costumes complete with purses, hats and parasols.

But the finest apparel is saved for the Saturday evening Gala Ball.

"Everyone gets into the spirit at the dance," said Jones, "men as well as women. And the public is welcome to join in. The reenactors teach everyone the steps and when the music starts it's really something to see."

Music this year will be provided by the 11-member Blue and Gray Brass Band. The dance will follow a 5 p.m. concert on the town square.

The highpoint of the weekend will be the daily artillery demonstrations, parade of the troops through town and the battle at Federal Hill.

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Additional info available at the Washington, Kentucky web site.

posted at 1:40 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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