Giles County Historical Society to host Civil War Weekend activities June 9-10
The Giles County Historical Society is working with the Giles County Sesquicentennial Committee on the Civil War Weekend in Giles County on June 9 and 10. It will be a fun-filled family weekend commemorating the skirmish between Confederate forces led by General Henry Heth and a Federal regiment under the command of future United States President Lt. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes.
On Saturday June 9, enjoy a military parade down Main Street, a Living History encampment, BBQ dinner, period music and dancing, carriage rides, and a Civil War hospital. A grand re-enactment of the “Battle of Giles Court House” will also take place. A film crew will be shooting the entire weekend for a documentary. For more information visit gilescivilwarreenactment.com.
Prior to the Civil War Weekend, the historical society will host two related events:
A Traditional Dance Workshop will be held Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pearisburg Community Center gym. Participants, under the tutelage of “Wild Bill” Anderson, will be learning the basic steps of the Virginia Reel and other favorites. The workshop is for beginners and those needing a brush-up before the dance June 9. No partner is necessary, but sneakers or gym shoes required. There is a $5 fee for the class. Call the historical society at 921-1050 to register.
On June 7, Roanoke attorney and Giles County native George McLean Jr. will give a presentation on his new book, “Skirmish at Pearisburg,” the first comprehensive history of the Union invasion of Giles County in 1862 followed by a book signing. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. at the Pearisburg Town Hall.
– Submitted by Patricia Jacobs, Executive Director, Giles County Historical Society
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