2019 Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment
Relive history at Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment on August 9-11, 2019, at Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio. Each summer, thousands of spectators and reenactors come here for the Civil War Reenactment event. Each year the battle and the staging of it gets larger and evolves as the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment portrays a different battle.
Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment
Hale Farm & Village, a museum of Western Reserve Historical Society, brings the Civil War to life for two days, with a preview of the encampment on Friday, August 12. Guests will meet soldiers and civilians, hear the sounds of battle, smell the gunpowder, shake hands with President Lincoln, and shop for a hoopskirt.
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, both days of the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment, guests will relive the American Civil War experience. At 2:00 pm daily, the recreation of Civil War battles in the museum’s North Pasture is just one feature of the event. Cannons will roar across the re-created battlefield amidst the soldiers, smoke, and gunfire. Cavalry will charge as the battle unfolds just yards away.
Advance general admission tickets are available online
Prices at the gate:
$10 per adult
$5 per child age 3-12
Children 2 & under and WRHS members are FREE
2-day Civil War Pass is available for $15 per adult and $7.50 per child age 3-12.
Group rates for parties of 15 people or more are available: Call 330-666-3711.
Guests experience the entire flavor and ambience of the Civil War era at Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment: soldier skirmishes, appearances by “President Lincoln”, Civil War era music and entertainment, a fashion show of Civil War military and civilian dress, the US Cavalry, and a Civil War Ball. They will meet the men and women who reenact this seminal event in the nation’s history when visiting Union and Confederate soldier and civilian camps, witness the medical practices of the era, and shop along Sutler’s Row for unique items such as shoes, corsets, dresses, foods, and other fine goods from the period.
On Friday, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the move-in and preparation that takes place for the weekend events. They can watch the reenactors set up and prepare for the weekend, the cavalry arrival, the northern and southern camps being built, and the bustle of staff preparing for the Farm’s biggest event of the year. This day is also perfect for media to capture the magic that goes into the creation of the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment.
Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment Reenactment Mini-Gallery
Civil War Reenactment Ball
Saturday 8:00 – 10:30 pm at the Carriage Shed Pavillion. Guests dance the Virginia Reel and spin back to the Civil War era at the Hale Farm & Village Civil War Ball. Reenactors and Hale Farm & Village costumed staff will join the festivities. 8:00-10:30pm. $5 Admission and reservations required. Call 330.666.3711 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Suttlers Row, lined with merchandise and vendors from the Civil War era, offers visitors a variety of different items; Civil War-themed books, vintage photos, clothing, and more. On both sides of the site, encampments for the Confederate and Union armies are constructed, allowing visitors to interact with reenactors in character of the era. Visitors can ask about how the war is going or what they are going to have for dinner and the reenactors will answer from the period of the battle being reenacted.
Camp Visits Welcome
The interaction with the reenactors on-site is an up close and personal educational opportunity. Although there is a large crowd, the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment offers a huge space. There are plenty of opportunities for a personal chat with a reenactor—and they welcome that. They love history and they want to share what life was like during the Civil War. Hundreds of reenactors from all over the country, depicting aspects of life during the Civil War from various perspectives will attend. You won’t see a reenactor with a cell phone or any modern clothing in either of the encampments, which makes the experience genuine and realistic for everyone in attendance.
Facilities Access – Making Everyone Welcome
There is ample parking at the site and there is a drop off lane to bring people to the front door for guests with limited mobility. The site can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Many paths that lead away from the Gatehouse are gravel, so please anticipate this type of terrain. The Gatehouse has handicap accessible rest rooms and visitors can see the battle from an accessible area outside the Gatehouse.
- Firewood is available for each encampment, Union & Confederate, on a first come first serve basis. Registered reenactors will receive a firewood token at the Registration Tent upon arrival. Fires in camp are permitted. Please dig out sod, and replace at the end of the weekend. Active fires must be attended at all times.
- Water Buffalos have been placed throughout the property for your convenience. They will be refilled once on Saturday.
- Ice may be purchased at the Hale Farm & Village Gatehouse Cafe during regular business hours 9am – 5pm.
- Reenactor Ball & Breakfast Rations
- The Civil War Ball will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, at the Carriage Shed Pavilion behind the Meetinghouse.
- A complimentary Breakfast Rations for all pre-registered reenactors will be offered. Breakfast will be distributed as rations at Command Staff Headquarters on Saturday morning during public. Please bring cookware to prepare your breakfast.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment on the second weekend in August at Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio.
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