This has been an amazing summer for me in terms of historical reenacting events – a Civil War and Military Show in Mansfield in May (this was more of a military/gun show), the Hale Farm Civil War weekend in August, D-Day Conneaut the following weekend, and today’s event.
Zoar is a tiny village south of Canton, a 45-minute drive south from me. Their museums and shops were also open for visitors (2017 is also Zoar’s bicentennial) – the $10 admission included access to these buildings as well as the reenacting event. I arrived at 9:45am; I first took a tour through some buildings, and I also chatted with a few reenactors. Two of the reenactors I had met last year, so it was good to talk with them again. I also walked through a lovely garden, and browsed some sutler shops (where I bought a fun 1849 German booklet about animals, for children). The last, and main, event was the battle at 1:30pm.
The Hale Farm event was much bigger than this Zoar event, but what I liked more about this event was the viewing of the battle: at Hale Farm, we were level with the battlefield, but in Zoar we were sitting on a hill and looking down into the battlefield.
Click here to check out the website for this event to learn more. This event occurs once every other year, so its next event should be in September 2019. In the past this event also featured a Civil War period wedding, but for whatever reason they couldn’t have the wedding this year. Hopefully in 2019 they’ll have one! I’ll even volunteer myself, even though I currently know nothing about weddings from that time period! (This would also be the closest I’ll likely ever be to being married, so please give me that dream! haha)
And now, some photos! All taken with my Nikon s9600.
UPDATE! (evening of Sept 12, 2017)
I had shared these photos on my Facebook profile Sunday evening, and its album was shared by a large reenacting group (1st Legion Provisional Army of the Confederate States [website]). And I’ve been getting many notifications on likes, tags, and shares of the photos and album since then. Wow! I am so happy that people liked my photos, although I feel that there are far better photographers out there – this is just a point-and-shoot with many limitations (and none of the photos are edited).
I have really enjoyed the historical reenacting events as a spectator over the last few years (now Civil War and WWII) and slowly learning more about these periods of history.
I want to thank all of the reenactors, for every time period and “side” of history everywhere, for giving us these visuals of history and allowing us these amazing opportunities to learn of our history.