At Civil War reenactments, participants recreate the battles, important events and even the daily lives of that time. Some antiques collectors enjoy hunting for items from the Civil War era. Here is a chance to learn more. Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio, about 25 miles south Cleveland, will host a Civil War Reenactment Weekend on August 13 and 14, 2022. Visitors will have a chance to travel back in time to interact with the soldiers, cavalry and civilians of the 1860s. They will be able to hear the stories of both free and enslaved people through first-person interpretations. And they can tour historic sites for immersive experiences of the daily lives of folks during the Civil War era. There will also be artisans and tradesmen present to demonstrate historic glassblowing, blacksmithing, and pottery throwing throughout the weekend. One of our former coworkers here at Kovels, Evelyn Hayes, has been researching aspects of the Civil War period and has special interest in animals of that time. Evelyn is the author of the forthcoming book Muscle, Bone, and Heart—The Horse and Mule Carried the Burden of the American Civil War and she will be present at Hale’s Civil War Reenactment Weekend to talk to visitors about her work. Her exhibits include a Mule Pack Saddle, c.1850; a Mule Supply Wagon Saddle, c.1861–1865; and a Mule Bridle with Snaffle Bit, c.1870.

Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44333. For more information about Hale’s Civil War Weekend and a schedule of events, visit their site.

For a list of other Civil War reenactment events, visit the LivingHistoryArchive website.