HISTORY COMES ALIVE IN OHIO

Take time to experience history.  This summer hundreds of reenactors take to the fields and water to share our history’s most brutal battles.  These reenactments offer visitors a glimpse of the battlefields and camps.   Visitors will get to view battles, see demonstrations, and learn about history.

ASHTABULA COUNTY (NE OH)

EARLY AMERICAN LIVE 1890 REENACTMENT
Dates: July 14-15, 2018
Time: Saturday 10AM-5PM |  Sunday Noon – 5PM
Location: The Jefferson Depot Village, 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH
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Walk in your Ancestor’s footsteps with 1890 interpreters thru the Jefferson Depot “living history” village filled with authentic, original antiques. Learn candlemaking, basketry, blacksmithing, weaving, dying wool, spinning, pottery, more. Sing and dance with the dulcimers, dixieland band, gospel, and ragtime. Follow the circuit-rider Pastor on horseback into the 1848 Church, attend class in the 1838 One-Room School, scavenger hunt. Visit the Ashtabula Pharmacy, Warner Tavern, Sheffield Post Office. The 1879 Carriage House will be featured with original Fitch doors, Lenox Cornet Bandwagon, 1880 One-horse Sleigh. Games, Contests, Food and Fun for All!

D-DAY Conneaut
Dates:  August 16-17, 2019
Rain or shine.
Location:  Conneaut, OH
For directions click here.

D-Day Conneaut is fast becoming America’s premier living history event by being the most realistic and educational annual reenactment of D-Day – June 6th, 1944.

Since 1999, this annual recreation of the amphibious Allied landings upon the beaches of Normandy, France, has thrilled thousands of spectators. The event occurs within the beautifully kept grounds of Conneaut Township Park, Conneaut, Ohio, and assembles over 1,200 re-enactors from across the United States and Canada. Remarkably, the 250 yard long beach and sloping adjacent terrain closely resemble Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

 

For visitor information visit
Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

LAKE COUNTY (NE OH)


Civil War Encampment Weekend
Dates:  July 21-22, 2018
Time:  11am – 4pm
Location:  James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH  44060
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Enjoy many different activities throughout the day at our annual Civil War Weekend! Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 21-22, visitors can enjoy these activities and many more:

  • interact with soldiers in camp
  • watch firing demonstrations
  • embark on a Civil War Journey to find out what happened to local townspeople during the war
  • take up “arms” during our kids mini militia and drum corp
  • enjoy period music

Onsite food sales will be available. Admission is free, including entry into the Garfield home, where the exhibition Here Come the Brides: 150 Years of Garfield Family Weddings will be on display.
For additional schedule information visit website.




OTTAWA COUNTY (NW OH)

204th Commemeration of the Battle of Lake Erie
Dates:  September 7-9, 2018
Time:  Saturday 11am – 4pm | Sunday 11am – 3pm
Admission:  Free
Location:  Perry;s Victory & International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay, Ohio
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All events are free, open to the public, and held at Perry’s Victory and international Peace Memorial unless otherwise noted.

Historic encampment with hands-on learning stations, music and historic weapon firings will be set up on the lawn.

 

Miller Ferry can get you to the Island. For more information click here.

 

 

PUTMAN COUNTY (NW OH)

FORT JENNINGS FORT FEST
Dates: Auguts 17-19, 2018
Location: 100 East 1st Street, Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844
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“Every third weekend in August, the rural community of Fort Jennings, Ohio swells from a population of 500 to several thousand people who gather to celebrate our military history and our veterans. This three day event features exhibits from all over the United States including the Vietnam era helicopters of the Huey 369 Organization.”

Highlights include:

  • MIA/POW Memorial Wall/Tomb of the Unkown Soldier Replica
  • Camp 1812 Kids Camp – Saturday August 18th | 9AM-2PM | $15 Pre-Registration
  • A twilight and afternoon re-enactment
  • Live Vietnam War re-enactment featuring Vietnam era helicopter Huey 369 and the living history group, the Wolfhounds.

SUMMIT COUNTY (NE OH)

Gettysburg Reenacted at Hale Farm & Village
Dates:  August 11-12, 2018
Location:  Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH
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Visit Hale Farm & Village on August 11 and 12 for Ohio’s largest annual Civil War eenactment. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of the battle.

Beginning on Friday, August 10, Hale Farm offers “Civil War Education Day,” in partnership with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. This event presents a sneak peek into the making of a reenactment. Children ages 7-12 years have the unique opportunity to observe reenactor camps, mounted cavalry, meet soldiers and civilians in period dress, and enjoy all that Hale Farm & Village has to offer. Reservations are required for the youth Education Day and can be made by calling 330-666-3711 x 1720 or visiting www.halefarm.org.

On Saturday, August 11 at 2:30pm and Sunday August 12 at 2:00pm, visitors can experience the recreation of the first day of Gettysburg. This year we honor the soldiers who fought in this pivotal 1863 Battle. For over 150 years, the Battle of Gettysburg has rightly been hailed, by many historians, as a turning point in the American Civil War. It was at this tiny Pennsylvania crossroads village that the Union Army of the Potomac, repulsed the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia.

The first day of Gettysburg was full of action and drama. It started with a desperate attempt by the outnumbered Union Cavalry Division to delay action. Union infantry reinforcements arrived just-in-time and the battle began. Union Infantry Corps were nearly destroyed when the final
anti-climactic and puzzling decision of the Confederate leadership to stop the pursuit of the routed Union troops granted the Union Infantry a total victory.

Other highlights of the weekend include a visit from President Lincoln, Camp Chase Fifes and Drums and shopping on Sutler’s Row with vendors of Civil War era merchandise. Cavalry mounted drills, foot soldier drills, and artillery demonstrations of the Civil War will also take place throughout the weekend.

“The Civil War Reenactment provides a chance for adults and children alike to experience the history of our country first hand.” said Jason Klein, Director of Hale Farm & Village. “Reenactment weekend is full of excitement; it is an event that you won’t soon forget.”
Advance tickets are available for the weekend-long event by visiting www.halefarm.org or using this link
https://330tix.com/events/civil-war-reenactment-2018/tickets

For adults, a two-day ticket is $15.00 ($10.00 for one day) and children two-day admission is $7.50 ($5.00 for one day). Online ticket sales will be offered until August 10. After that date, tickets will need to be purchased at the door. Each day offers activities for the whole family and the opportunity to experience life during the American Civil War.

Pictured above: Union troops move into place to join the battle at Hale Farm & Village for 2018’s Civil War Reenactment August 11 & 12.  Photo compliments of Nancy Balluck.

 

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (NE OH)

Revolution on the Tuscarawas Reenactment and Encampment
Date: July 14-15. 2018
Time:  Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.
Location:  Fort Laurens, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW, Bolivar, OH  44612
330.874.2059
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Admission:  Admission for the event is $10/for adults and $5 for children 12 & under.
“Ready, Aim, Fire! Travel back in time and spend a weekend at Fort Laurens during Revolution on the Tuscarawas: Revolutionary War Encampment and Reenactment. On Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, explore British and Continental camps, meet soldiers from both sides of the conflict, learn about colonial American life, and more! Kids can enjoy musket drills, colonial American games, and crafts throughout the event. Tours of Fort Laurens Museum and grounds will run both days. To close out each day, watch a mock battle for American Independence.”

2019
ZOAR CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT

Dates: September 21-22, 2019
Location: Zoar Village, Zoar, Ohio
330.874.2646 | website

Zoar Civil War Reenactment Featured Activities:

  • Battles Saturday/Sunday
  • Artillery Night Fire
  • Period Civil War wedding
  • Sutlers & Shops
  • Food/Music/Museums
  • Saturday Night Ball
  • Camp Chase Fifes & Drums

 

WOOD COUNTY (NW OH)

First Siege 1813
Date: May 26-27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors (60+), $6 students, OHC members (Adult -child) $2
Ages 5 and under: FREE
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Pictured above: Fort Meigs Cannon credit to Fort Meigs Historic Site.
Photo credit to Elizabeth Raymond

 

Post: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com