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.

ASHTABULA COUNTY (NE OH)

EARLY AMERICAN LIVE 1890 REENACTMENT
Dates: July 10-11-2021
Time: Saturday 10AM-5PM |  Sunday Noon – 5PM
Location: The Jefferson Depot Village, 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH
website

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

D-DAY Conneaut
Dates:  August 19-21, 2021
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

 


GEAUGA COUNTY (NE OH)

Century Village Reeneactment
Dates: May 29-30, 2021
Location: Century Village Museum
14653 E Park St., Burton, OH  44021
website

The 140th will be falling in to battalion formation with our comrades of Birney’s Division Civil War Reenactors this weekend at the Century Village Museum’s Civil War Encampment! Join us for some Civil War living history, demonstrations and a battle or two!

For visitor information visit
Destination Geauga.

 

 

 


LAKE COUNTY (NE OH)


Civil War Festival
Dates:  Canceled 2021
Location:  James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH  44060
440.255.8722 | website


OTTAWA COUNTY (NW OH)

208th Commemeration of the Battle of Lake Erie
Dates:  September 10-12, 2021
Time:  Saturday 11am – 4pm | Sunday 11am – 3pm
Admission:  Free
Location:  Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay, Ohio
website

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: TBA
Location: 100 East 1st Street, Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844
website

“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.”


RICHLAND COUNTY (NE OH)

OHIO CIVIL WAR SHOW
Dates: May 1-2, 2021
Times: Saturday 91m-5pm | Sunday 9am-3pm
Location: Richland County Fairgrounds
750 N Home Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906
Admission
ohiocivilwarshow.com


SUMMIT COUNTY (NE OH)

Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm & Village
Dates:  TBA
Location:  Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH
website

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.\


TRUMBULL COUNTY (NEOH)

Mespo CW Reenactment
Dates:  Cancelled for 2021
Time:
Location:  Mesopotamia Commons
Mesopotamia Town Hall
8686 Route 534, Mespotomia, Ohio 44439
facebook.com/SoldiersSchool/

 


TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (NE OH)

Revolution on the Tuscarawas Reenactment and Encampment
Date:  July 17-18, 2021
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm | Sunday 10am-4pm
Location:  Fort Laurens, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW, Bolivar, OH  44612
330.874.2059
Tickets – click here.
For updates visit: Friends of Fort Laurens 

Fort Laurens is once again holding our annual Revolutionary War Reenactment with the BAR! We will have a variety of different 18th century demonstrations like: Music, Artillery, Cooking, Medicine, British and American soldiers, and so much more! Admission for this event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. Due to Covid-19 our reenactment will be set up in stations so we maintain social distancing requirements. All proceeds go toward the preservation and educational efforts of Fort Laurens. Hours for the event are Saturday 10am-5 pm, and Sunday 10am–4 pm.



ZOAR CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT

Dates: September 18-19, 2021
Location: Zoar Village, Zoar, Ohio
330.874.2646 | website


WOOD COUNTY (NW OH)

First Siege 1813
Date: May 29-30, 2021
Time: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
website

Muster on the Maumee
Date: June 19-20, 2021
Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
website

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.

Revolutionary War Drill Weekend
Date: August 14-15, 2021
Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Admission:  see website
website

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 2021 season.  Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.