Hale Farm & Village and Western Reserve Historical Society are extremely disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the State of Ohio Responsible Restart Plan, Ohio museums are obligated to comply with mandatory guidelines for re-opening to the public that includes significant limits on the number of people permitted on the grounds at any given time, social distancing protocols and enhanced sanitizing measures. Museum officials worked very closely with the Hale Farm & Village Annual Civil War Reenactment Command Staff to study options for a 2020 event that could be re-envisioned to align with State standards.
Ultimately, and after much thought, we agreed that reformatting or scaling this spectacular community event that brings large crowds of reenactors, public, staff and volunteers together in close proximity compromises the integrity of the event. With limits on the number of guests and reenactors, this inclusive event that typically welcomes 6,000 people to the museum becomes more ‘exclusive,’ which is inconsistent with the mission of the museum and event core values.
In the meantime, we are already starting to plan an event in 2021, so mark your calendars for the second weekend in August – August 14 and 15, 2021 and check our website – www.halefarm.org and Facebook page regularly for event updates and information. We thank you for your patience and for your continuing commitment to Hale Farm & Village and our annual Civil War Reenactment.
Kelly Falcone-Hall, President and CEO, WRHS
Catherine Sterle, Acting Director, HFV
Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment Commanders