History Comes Alive in Ohio

Take time this year to experience history.  This summer hundreds of reenactors will take over area fields and beaches 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.


Dates: July 11-12, 2020
Time: Saturday 10AM-5PM |  Sunday Noon – 5PM
Location: The Jefferson Depot Village, 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH

1890 becomes “ALIVE” as you enter the gates into the historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village at  147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio. (Ashtabula County) Walk in your Ancestors Footsteps.

D-DAY Conneaut
Dates:  August 20-22, 2020
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



Century Village Reeneactment
Dates: May 22-24, 2020 (2020 Canceled)
Location: Century Village Museum
14653 E Park St., Burton, OH  44021

For visitor information visit
Destination Geauga.





Civil War Festival
Dates:  TBA
Location:  James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH  44060
440.255.8722 | website


204th Commemeration of the Battle of Lake Erie
Dates:  September 11-13, 2020
Time:  Saturday 11am – 4pm | Sunday 11am – 3pm
Admission:  Free
Location:  Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

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.



Dates: August 14-16, 2020
Location: 100 East 1st Street, Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844

“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.”


Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm & Village
Dates:  August 8-9, 2020  (2020 Canceled)
Location:  Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH

Experience the largest annual Civil War Reenactment in the state of Ohio. Relive one of the most significant events in our nation’s history through a reenacted battle, speeches by “President Lincoln,” cavalry mounted drills, artillery demonstrations, Camp Chase Fife and Drum Corps performances, and shopping on Sutler’s Row, alongside a thousand Civil War soldiers and civilians.

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.\


Mespo CW Reenactment
Dates:  October 2-4, 2020
Time: 9am-4pm
Location:  Mesopotamia Commons
Mesopotamia Town Hall
8686 Route 534, Mespotomia, Ohio 44439

The Re-enactment is the Battle of Sailor’s Creek fought in 1865 near Farmville, Virginia, as part of the Appomattox campaign near the end of the American Civil War. It has been 15 years since a re-enactment was held in Mesopotamia, Ohio. The 2020 Event will consist of a battle re-enactment with all 3 stages, social event with Amish dinner and dance with civil War Band open to the Public held at the Mespo Event Center Saturday evening. There will be a Parade, Sutlers, Historical Presenters, Musicians, Ladies of the G.A.R., pancake breakfast, food, and Civil War Sunday church service located within the historical buildings of Mesopotamia listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.


Revolution on the Tuscarawas Reenactment and Encampment
Date: TBA
Location:  Fort Laurens, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW, Bolivar, OH  44612
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.”


Dates: TBA
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


First Siege 1813
Date: May 23-24, 2020 (2020 Canceled)
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

Muster on the Maumee
Date: June 20-21, 2020
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

See the evolution of the common soldier. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demonstrations throughout the weekend. Period military camps are open for visiting. Weapon demonstrations take place each day.

Revolution on the Ohio Frontier
Date: August 15-16, 2020
Time: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Admission:  see website

Fort Meigs hosts the Revolution! Revolutionary War soldiers come to Fort Meigs to recreate life in early America with battles, weapon demonstrations, and more. Visit the army encampments and talk to the soldiers about life in early America.


Pictured above: Fort Meigs Cannon credit to Fort Meigs Historic Site.
Photo credit to Elizabeth Raymond


Article and main post photo credit: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note:  Part of this story ran in 2019.  The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2020 season.  Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.