(Zoar, Ohio) – On Saturday, September 16, a crew of volunteers began building one of the battlefields that will be used during the upcoming Zoar Civil War Reenactment. One of two areas that will be used during the event, this one (at the east end of 5th Street) is where the Battle of the Mule Shoe (Spotsylvania) will be staged.
To create the battlefield, the group first had to brush hog the entire area and build a small bridge to access the right spot. A backhoe was then brought in to dig the trench needed to make the reenacted battle as historically accurate as possible.
The Civil War Reenactment will be held September 21 and 22. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Cost is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Visitors can purchase wristbands at the Zoar Store or at any outside ticket booth to attend the scheduled battles and activities, which range from battles, museum tours and blacksmithing demos to a Lincoln-Douglas debate and a 19th century-style Ladies Tea.
Other highlights of the event include the new Anvil Tavern, a 19th-century-period tavern, sutlers and food vendors. Spectators who wish to stay after hours on Saturday can enjoy a Civil War Ball and artillery night fire, all of which are included in the admission fee.
For more information call 330-874-3011 or find the event at facebook.com/historiczoarvillage.
About Historic Zoar Village
Historic Zoar Village (www.historiczoarvillage.com) was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present day. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and listed as a National Historic Landmark District. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection.