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Civil War History Weekend

Step back in time and experience Civil War history as it comes alive, complete with the roar of cannons and the smell of gunpowder, in the 1700s village of Old Washington, historic district of Maysville. The sixth annual Civil War History Weekend, August 13-14, is free and open to the public.

Each day includes military drills, speakers, re-enactors, debates, historical performances, period music, book signings, street skirmishes, and battles in the center of town, with fun for the entire family. All the action takes place right on Old Main Street.

On Saturday, stroll by Federal Hill for artillery demonstrations at noon, followed by a Ladies Tea and a hat contest at the Court House at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. Harriet Beecher Stowe will speak in first person about her life at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum, or you can also catch her on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Court House or throughout the village at various times.

On Saturday, August 13, village shops are open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and some later. The day ends with the Gala Ball (free but costume required) from 7:30–9:30 p.m. On Sunday, August 14, shops open at 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Gather at the church for an 11 a.m. church service and don’t miss the 2 p.m. battle with troops marching to Federal Hill.

For more information on Old Washington’s Civil War History Weekend, call (606) 759-7423 or go online to for a complete schedule of events.

To view this month’s events going on around the Commonwealth, just click here to search our Events Web page.

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