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 13-14, 2019
Time: Saturday 10AM-5PM |  Sunday Noon – 5PM
Location: The Jefferson Depot Village, 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH
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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 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 Festival
Dates:  July 6, 2019
Time:  11am – 4pm
Location:  James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH  44060
440.255.8722 | website

 




OTTAWA COUNTY (NW OH)

204th Commemeration of the Battle of Lake Erie
Dates:  September 6-8, 2019
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: August 16-18, 2019
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.”

 

SUMMIT COUNTY (NE OH)

Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm & Village
Dates:  August 10-11, 2019
Location:  Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH
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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.

 

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (NE OH)

Revolution on the Tuscarawas Reenactment and Encampment
Date: July 13-14, 2019
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.”


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 25-26, 2019
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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Muster on the Maumee
Date: June 15-16, 2019
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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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.

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 2018.  The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2019 season.  Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.