CONFIRMED! Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers!

We are happy to confirm the SVCWED are once again coming to call and teach us the dances at the 'War Comes to Union' Period Dance Saturday night, 26AUG17, starting at 7:30pm. In addition SUGAR RUN has confirmed that they will return to provide the music of the era for the dance. For more information see the links listed below. SVCWED (Like them on Facebook.) SUGAR RUN BAND (Like them on Facebook.)  

Spring 2017 Historic Homes Tour, May 6-7

General Echols' home
Don't miss this  wonderful opportunity to tour nine Monroe County, WV, heritage sites on May 6 - 7, 2017.  A copy of the tour brochure can be viewed or downloaded below. These historic  sites include:
  1. Walnut Grove
  2. Elmwood
  3. Major John A. Wallace Cottage
  4. General Echols home
  5. Monroe County Historical Society Complex
  6. Salt Sulphur Springs Hotel
  7. Beirne Dransfield Store
  8. St. John's Chapel
  9. Old Sweet Springs

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Registration Form & Tentative Schedule available

The 2017 Registration Form & Tentative Schedule for reenactors, living historians, and sutlers is now available on our website! Please register as soon as possible to help with our planning efforts, especially for the lady's tea. In addition, we've added a new web page for SPONSORS! that currently includes a list of our 2016 sponsors and donors and a "Donation Form" Download (PDF, 678KB) for folks that would like to help support the living history event this year!

2017 event planning is underway!

The Monroe County Heritage Days (MCHD-WV) group in collaboration with the Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS), Union Area Chamber of Commerce, local reenactors, living historians and history lovers are working together to plan for the "War Comes to Union" event August 25-27, 2017 to portray the 1864 Federal occupation of Union. This years event will include an encampment in the fields surrounding the town's Confederate Memorial. In town historic structures will again serve as backdrops for scenarios of documented, first person accounts. We would like to have civilian impressions to portray the townsfolk and their dealings with the Federal Army  'foragers' as they occupy the town. There will also be a 'skirmish' between the local Home Guard and the Federal Army's  leading element. Friday will again be arrivals and set-up of participants. Saturday is the 'main event', that evening we will host a reenactor dinner and period dance. Sunday we are planning a period church service and a closing ceremony at the Confederate Memorial. Please join us and help with our 2017 planning efforts!

Keep the photos coming!

Victorian Ladies Tea was disrupted when Elmwood was 'plundered'
Victorian Ladies Tea was disrupted when Elmwood was 'plundered'
Thanks to everyone for sending your photos. The photo of the ladies on steps of Elmwood was taken after the official "Plundering" was over. Notice in this photo it's the 'Confederate' home guard'( portrayed by the 'Staunton Rifles' reenactors) on the steps with the ladies, trying to reassure them that help is coming. To which one of the ladies (falling into character) asked "Yes, but why are you so late to help us with those Yankees!? ...
Preparing the cannon, Bryans Battery
Preparing the cannon, Bryan's Battery CSA

CLOSING CEREMONY -THANKS FOR GREAT WEEKEND!

 
Combined Honor Guard salute at Confederate Soldiers of Monroe County Monument
Combined Honor Guard salute at Confederate Soldiers of Monroe County Monument
The War Comes to Union! event closed with a combined (Confederate & Union) honor guard three round volley/salute on Sunday August 28th, 1pm at Confederate Soldiers of Monroe County Monument. This was followed by the playing of taps by Raymond Tuckwiller.
Taps played by Raymond Tuckwiller
Taps played by Raymond Tuckwiller
Please email us any/all photos, videos  of the event so we can begin posting them to the website & our Facebook page. Thanks for everything. -Chris Johnson,  wvaca@hughes.net    
The 'Capertons' (Anita & Chris Wszolek) at the closing ceremony.
The 'Capertons' (Anita & Chris Wszolek) at the closing ceremony.
               

Ladies Tea at Elmwood Estate

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 3 p.m. You are cordially invited to the 1st Victorian Ladies Tea at the historic Elmwood Estate, in Union, WV. The Ladies Tea will be hosted by the mistress of Elmwood, Mrs. Anita Wszolek, and the ladies of the Monroe Garden Club.   The tea will be a special event, set with the finest china, silver and linen. Sample finger sandwiches, tea cakes, and fresh fruit, while being served teas and punch in elegant surroundings. Our guest speaker is Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher from Charleston, S.C. Please visit our registration page for more information about the tea.

MINIGRANT AWARD!

The WV Humanities Council recently awarded $1500 minigrant to the Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS) for the "Monroe County Heritage Days - War Comes to Union" living history event, planned for August 26-28, 2016.
For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program contact grants administrator Erin Riebe at (304) 346-8500 or via email at riebe@wvhumanities.org. Grant guidelines and applications are also available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org. For more information about the Monroe County Historical Society please visit the MCHS website: www.monroewvhistory.org.
For more information about the Monroe County Heritage Days (MCHD) event please visit: our web site – www.MCHDWV.com ; our Facebook page - : www.facebook.com/MCHDWV; and contact: the President of the Monroe County Historical Society, Alfred Ziegler, at (304) 832-6060, frednbarbara@frontier.com or the MCHD Project Director Chris Johnson at @ (304) 772-4712, wvaca@hughes.net .