The Civil War will come alive the weekend of Sept. 9 to 11 in as the Johnsburg Historical Society commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of that war in 1861.
Friday, Sept. 9 there will be a program at Johnsburg Central School for students in grades 4 to 8. Civil War re-enactors in period uniforms will entertain and instruct students in Army life with a drill and firearms demonstration.
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm local author Glenn L. Pearsall will present “Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865” in the auditorium of the Tannery Pond Community Center. During this two hour “one man show,” Pearsall will share his two years’ research on the 125 men from Johnsburg who went off to war. His talk will feature historic photographs of those men from Johnsburg and the places they fought as they look today. Re-enactors in uniform will read from the diaries and journals that Glenn has discovered to give a real sense of what the war meant to Adirondack hamlets like Johnsburg in 1861. His talk will cover army life in the regiments who recruited men from Warren, Washington, Clinton and Essex Counties.
On Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a dramatic living history re-enactment will take place at the town Ski Bowl. Several professional re-enactment groups will represent the lives of men in the Civil War. The park offers spacious grounds, fresh water, restrooms, and ample parking.
The public will be able to hold the muskets but not fire them. There will even be a Civil War wedding, an actual wedding of two re-enactors. The camp will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For information or to reserve a ticket for Glenn Pearsall’s program on either, call 251-5788 and leave a message. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets are $6 for the benefit of the Johnsburg Historical Society. This entire Civil War commemoration is made possible by the Rivendell Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and friends of the Johnsburg Historical Society.