Historic Zoar Village and the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry will team up on Sept. 7 and 8 to present Ohio’s largest Civil War reenactment. More than 1,200 re-enactors will invade the village to showcase Civil War-era life on the home front and on the battlefield, with a special re-creation of the Battle of Chickamauga.
The camps open at 9 a.m. both days with demonstrations throughout the village including cavalry, artillery, campfires, music and more. A row of sutlers and shops will feature period and reproduction items. Food and beverage will be available throughout the village.
The Battle of Chickamauga Reenactment will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Special Saturday-only events include a Civil War-era wedding in the Zoar Garden at 4:30 p.m., followed by a period ball in the dance tent, where visitors can dress up and learn to dance like 19th century ladies and gentlemen.
All museum buildings and shops will be open, with many staffed by costumed volunteers sharing stories about life in the 1800s and the Zoarites’ pacifist position during the war. Tickets cost $10 for adults and are free for children age 12 and under, Admission includes entry to all museum buildings and reenactment activities. Parking is free.
About the Battle of Chickamauga
This event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19-20, 1863. Taking place in southeastern Tennessee and northeastern Georgia, the battle was one of the Union’s most significant defeats and was second only to the Battle of Gettysburg in the number of total casualties.
About Historic Zoar Village
Historic Zoar Village (www.historiczoarvillage.com) was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio Historical Society.
(photo courtesy of Zoar Village)