Experience Civil War life with kids event, winter camp tours for all ages, escape room
Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter with events taking place Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Kids can participate in Civil War camp life, learn to march with reenactors and receive a diary to write down their experiences, just as President Rutherford B. Hayes did when he was in the war during Kids Days @ Hayes.
In the afternoon, Civil War reenactors will give free infantry demonstrations on the Hayes Presidential grounds, called Spiegel Grove. They also will offer afternoon and evening tours of a Civil War winter camp based on the winter camps of President Hayes’ regiment, the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Tours require purchasing tickets.
Between battles, troops often spent time marching and preparing to fight. During the winter months, they would make a semi-permanent camp to await warmer weather and combat.
Hayes’ regiment spent its winters camping in what is today West Virginia. First Lady Lucy Hayes and the Hayes children often visited the camps, where Lucy would tend to soldiers, mend their uniforms and provide needed support.
Hayes Presidential is building huts like those used in winter camp at the back of the Spiegel Grove for this event.
“This is extremely unique,” said Mike Fahle, a seasoned Civil War reenactor helping to organize this event. “Winter camp plays such an important role in the story of the Hayes family.”
Also in the evening, a Civil War themed Escape Room will be offered in the museum.
The schedule for the day, event descriptions and pricing are as follows:
- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Kids Days @ Hayes. Kids can participate in military drills and camp life and will receive a diary to document their experiences, just as President Hayes kept a journal of his life. Cost is $3 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential members at the major level and higher and $5 for non-member kids. This event is sponsored by Mosser Construction. Get tickets at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/.
- 12:30 – 1 p.m. – Civil War reenactors will give an infantry demonstration on the grounds.
- 1 – 4 p.m. – Tours of the Civil War Winter Camp will take place every half hour. Cost is $8 for Hayes Presidential members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased online at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets also will be sold the day of the event at the museum front desk, subject to availability.
- 4 p.m. – Civil War reenactors will give an infantry demonstration on the grounds.
- 6 – 8:30 p.m. – Tours of the Civil War Winter Camp will take place every half hour. Evening tours will be by candlelight. Cost is $8 for Hayes Presidential members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased online at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/.
- Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets also will be sold the day of the event at the museum front desk, subject to availability.
- 5, 6:15, 7:30 – Civil War Escape Room - Bring your friends and solve a Civil War riddle to escape from historic rooms in the Hayes Museum. You are a Civil War soldier in the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry mustered from Sandusky County. During the embarrassing defeat, your unit experienced at the Battle of Shiloh, the Rebels captured your regiment’s banner and have taken it back to their camp. This humiliation cannot stand! You and your team have orders to proceed into the Confederate camp under the cover of darkness, scout out whatever clues you can find regarding the flag’s location, and retrieve it. You should have one hour to complete your mission before the Rebel garrison becomes aware of your presence. Complete the mission, and you will safely escape with your flag. Up to 10 participants at each time slot will have an hour to solve puzzles hidden throughout a museum gallery. Smaller groups may be combined into a team of 10. Tickets are $20 for Hayes Presidential members and $25 for non-members. They can be purchased online at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
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