Shaker Village presents Civil War encampment

September 19, 2004

PLEASANT HILL - Civil War enthusiasts from across the South and Midwest will gather here Saturday and Sept. 26 to recreate a crucial period in Kentucky history during the Shakertown Civil War Encampment.

The special living history weekend is adapted from actual Shaker accounts of encounters with soldiers from the 1862 Battle of Perryvifie. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, visitors have an opportunity to visit the encampment and tour Shaker Village for the price of regular village admission.

The Shakertown Civil War Encampment features guided tours of Union and Confederate camps, where visitors get a glimpse of camp life for the everyday Civil War soldier. Living history scenarios, planned for Saturday and Sept. 26, encompass everything from mail call to church services. Tactical demonstrations, marches through Shaker Village and a dress parade also are scheduled throughout the weekend.

At 10 a.m. Saturday an artillery firing demonstration shatters the serenity of Pleasant Hill. The Union battalion will march through the village at 10:30 a.m. An 11:30 a.m. memorial service honors William Henry Outlaw, an actual Confederate soldier wounded at the Battle of Perryville, and the only non-Shaker buried in the cemetery at Pleasant Hill. The Confederate battalion's march through the village will begin at 1:30 p.m. A skirmish tactical demonstration by troops from both forces will begin at 2:30 p.m.


Saxtons Cornet Band presents a concert of Civil War-era music. Guided tours of the military camps will be offered and visitors will see artillery firing demonstrations.

On Sept. 26, the Union battalion will march through the village at 11:30 a.m. A dress parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Confederate camp. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., a showing of "worldly" fashions of the 1850s and 1860s takes place in the 1820 Shaker Meeting House. Artillery firing demonstrations are scheduled for the afternoon.

On hand for the two days will be a replica of the last stagecoach to run in Kentucky. This coach is a four-horse hitch that ran from Burnside to Monticello. In addition, a photographer will take photos with camera equipment from the 1860s.

The weekend schedule includes a host of other tours, marches by re-enactors through the village and tactical demonstrations.

For more information on the Shakertown Civil War Encampment or for the 2004 Calendar of Events, call (800) 734-5611 or (859) 734-5411, or log on to

General Butler stages murder mystery

A weekend of mystery, suspense and humor is in store for guests of General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton during the "Night of 1,000 Stars," scheduled for Nov. 13.

Crime Time Theatre of Cincinnati will challenge guests to solve a whodunit that features characters drawn from the movie stars of the Golden Dra. Attendees can test their sleuthing skills as they seek to solve a murder most foul.

The dinner theater presentation alone is $30 per person. A special package of $130 per couple includes Saturday night lodging, the dinner theater and Sunday breakfast.

Individual tickets are on sale at the park front desk. For accommodations availability or other information, call the park at (502) 732-4384.|9/19/04|***

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