Come witness the past as it comes to life at 39th Annual Ohio Civil War Show and 24th Annual Artillery show at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 N. Home Road in Mansfield, Saturday April 30 through Sunday May 1.
The Civil War Show gives you the perfect opportunity to fall back in time and observe iconic moments in history. With these powerful re-enactments, you’ll be able to feel the tension in the atmosphere as you watch Abraham Lincoln gives his most famous speech, The Gettysburg Address at high noon. You can see how the soldiers fought on the battlefield by attending one of the 6-Gun Battery firing demonstrations—a great chance to see cannons up close (but not too close). There’s even an opportunity to see how medicine worked (and how far it’s come) on the battlefield with the Civil War Field Hospital Scenario presented by the Society of Civil War Surgeons. Punctuated throughout the day you’ll also be able to see the Fife and Drum Corp presentations which will help transport you to the 1860s.
For fun between the demonstrations, you’re able to get a closer look at the weaponry used during the wartime at any of the seven buildings at the Artillery Show. You’ll also be able to own a piece of history for yourself by heading to one of the 750 tables filled with memorabilia like tin-types and antique pistols in the buildings. The Civil War isn’t the only war represented as well. Military material from the American Revolution all the way up to World War II are showcased as well .There are also displays like tanks and soldiers in dress from World War I and WWII.
The weekend begins with Fife and Drum Corp’s first presentation on Saturday at 9:45. Parking will be free, and admission is $7 for adults, however children under 12 will receive free admission with adult accompaniment. For more details, make sure to check out the Calendar of Events on the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau website, MansfieldTourism.com. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of living history!
Written by CVB Intern Katie Pfahler