Civil War Days at Har-Ber Village
4404 W 20th St
Come experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War during Civil War Days at the Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove. This great event will feature historic stations both inside and outside the Village where re-enactors, living historians and craft demonstrators will showcase their skills to offer guests a glimpse of life during the Civil War.
Inside the Village, demonstrators will perform daily tasks of the men and women left at home when the soldiers went to war. Living historians will demonstrate food cooking on the hearth. Re-enactors will also perform homefront activities like spinning, weaving, quilting, wheat grinding, basket weaving and sewing. Historical re-enactors will also all be busy at their trades. This year's trades will include leather working, natural dyeing, broom making, printing on the printing press, blacksmithing, banjo making and Civil War stamp collecting.
Two Sutlers will sell their wares from the Burnt District Press and Indian Territory Dry Goods. The Hawthorne group will perform folk music throughout the Village, and Cowskin Prairie will hold a memorial service, featuring a pledge to the flag, a brief prayer and recognition of soldiers from all wars. You can also pick up a tintype image from a historic photographer and listen to an author speak about popular Western figures, like Wild Bill Hickok and Belle Starr.
Come see what an Army field hospital looked like in the middle of the war, and tour through an undertake and refuge camp. You can even watch a Federal Army Corp of Engineers demonstration and see its corresponding exhibit. Har-Ber Village Museum will even offer a Civil War theme-related dinner along with period music and narration for $25 a ticket. Sit down to dinner and enjoy mixed salad greens, herb-encrusted pork tenderloin, grilled asparagus, wild rice, homemade rolls with honey butter and apple pie pastry rosettes.
On the rolling hills near the Picnic Pavilion just past the parking lot, visitors can tour Federal and Confederate camps to see and hear about the life of the soldiers and those who were forced to leave their homes for safety. Visitors can also hear live musket and cannon fire shots to get a true feel for life during the Civil War.