BATH, Ohio – The Civil War Reenactment and Encampment that takes place at Hale Farm & Village attracts hundreds of reenactors each year. At this year’s Legacy Award Benefit, a fundraising gala, two groups of reenactors, the Army of the Ohio and the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, will take on a slightly different role as they receive recognition for being an integral part of the Civil War Reenactment event.
The 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry is one of the largest mounted cavalry reenacting units in the country. It is respected for its authenticity and historical knowledge of cavalry drill, tactics and dress. Participants come from as far away as Vermont, Wyoming and Arizona to ride with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.
“The cavalry adds scale to the battle and to the sense of authenticity. Horses are no longer common sights in the 21st century, so the horses thundering through the fields help create the drama of the battle. And, the Army of the Ohio is the very buttoned down team that makes
everything on the battlefield run like a well-oiled machine. We obviously couldn’t recreate the battles of the Civil War without the reenactors, so we felt it was time to honor these stars of the event,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, Interim CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
The Legacy Award Benefit will take place on Saturday, May 17 at Hale Farm & Village. The spirit of the Civil War will carry throughout the event, with an encampment staged by reenactors in the fields beyond the Gatehouse and Civil War era artifacts on display for attendees to view.
Additionally, a live band will provide entertainment for guests as they enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevres throughout the evening.
“The reenacting community allows us to further our mission of Hale. The reenactors connect with children and adults adding to the power of the experience and the context of our artisans and interpreters in the 32 historic buildings on the grounds,” said Falcone-Hall. “We are honored
and delighted to have their leadership, passion, and love for American history on display during the event each year. Presenting these two reenactor groups with the Legacy Award during the Civil War’s sesquicentennial gives us the perfect stage to highlight the significance of their
involvement with Hale Farm’s annual reenactment, and very importantly, to thank them.”
The VIP Patron Party will begin at 6:00 pm and continue until the start of the award ceremony and main event at 7:00 pm. The Patron Party includes an exclusive cocktail preview hour with Civil War reenactor colonels and captains. Tickets to this exclusive part of the evening are $125 per person. Tickets to the Main Event, which begins at 7:00 pm, are $75 per person. Legacy Award Benefit tickets van be purchased online at www.halefarm.org or by phone at (330) 666-3711 ext. 1708. Proceeds from the event will support Hale Farm & Village.