History will come to life in Woodsfield on Saturday and Sunday, when members of the Monroe County Historical Society lead the way back to 1862 and the Civil War.
Building on last year's event, which marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the war, re-enactors will portray members of the Soldiers Aid Society, as well as soldiers on the front lines of the war.
The aid society will consist of local residents, packing supplies to send to Civil War soldiers, organizer Kyle Yoho said. They will demonstrate this work for the public at the Hollister-Parry Museum, located at 217 Eastern Ave., Woodsfield. It was built as a home in 1858 for Nathan Hollister. Antiques inside the museum give an idea of what an upper-middle class home of the era was like.
Photo by Jennifer Compston-Strough
Monroe County Historical Society members Kyle Yoho, left, and John Ogden show visitor Dennis Warnemunde documents and artifacts related to his Civil War-era ancestor, Congressman James Remley Morris of Woodsfield. Morris will be a key figure in Civil War re-enactments Saturday and Sunday at the Hollister-Parry Museum, 217 Eastern Ave., Woodsfield.
James Remley Morris
The infantry, meanwhile, will be portrayed by a group of re-enactors at the nearby Yaussy-Winkler dairy. The dairy and all of the equipment was purchased for $2,500 by two Monroe County citizens on behalf of the Monroe County Historical Society and moved to a site behind the Parry Museum.
Featured prominently will be Congressman James Remley Morris, portrayed by local school teacher Derik Shirley. Remley was a Woodsfield resident who was elected to Congress in 1860 and 1862. He will be a key figure in the two-day event titled "On to Richmond."
The congressman will be strolling the grounds at Parry Park and enjoying a period dinner party at noon Saturday in the Hollister-Parry House. Tours of the grounds, including the dinner, will be open to the public free of charge.
He will also be a guest speaker at an 1862 period Ice Cream Social at 8 p.m. Saturday, hosted by those portraying Nathan and Eliza Hollister. He will deliver a speech, scripted by Suzanne Pollock, based on historic issues of the Spirit of Democracy newspaper, which Morris founded during his earlier years in Monroe County.
From Saturday through July 4, an exhibit titled "Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later" from The Ohio Historical Society, enhanced by local Monroe County Civil War artifacts, will be on display at The Hollister-Parry House. It is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Call 740-472-1933 for an evening appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival also is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Monroe County. The fourth annual event will include attractions such antique tractors, a quilt show, a bike show, a parade, a variety of food, crafts, wagon rides, a dunk tank, a custom car cruise, children's games, rides, a water slide, musical entertainment and museum tours. Proceeds from the activities will go to the Clarington Ball Association to help with construction of a new ball field. Festival activities will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade at 5 p.m. Call 740-458-1655 for more details.