We did this last year, and it was a blast! Literally! Once per hour, they fire a real cannon! Civil War reenactors demonstrate what it was like when soldiers camped out at the Statehouse.
If you've never seen the inside of our Statehouse, there is no better time. Last year, we were very lucky to receive a tour of the Statehouse from President Abraham Lincoln himself. We got some amazing photos. If I confirm the President will be in attendance this year, I will update the meetup with that info.
As of Tuesday 5/6/14, the weather forecast looks good. But, if it rains, we'll still do a tour of the Statehouse.
Here is the event description:
Civil War Encampment
May 10, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
The recently completed Ohio Statehouse hosted Civil War soldiers on their way to battle. Learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon every hour and help the Ladies Aid Society deliver comfort to the troops. Historical re-enactors from 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A and other groups will demonstrate Civil War life, cooking and medical practices. School tours are the focus on Friday and the public is welcome both days. Fun for the whole family! This program is supported by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.