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June 23, 2012

Heritage event gives a taste of Civil War life

DANVILLE —  Anyone who drove through downtown Danville over weekend likely felt transported back through time as the Civil War Heritage Days were in full swing.

Several streets were closed off to vehicular traffic as the town square, library, government center, and other sites were transformed into a Civil War reenactor’s dream. This was the second year for the event.

“Overall, I think it’s going as planned,” said Cindy Rutledge, a member of the planning committee. “It’s been hard to see just how many people came out since it’s so spread out.”

The Hendricks County Museum was one of the main hubs of activity. It is on South Washington Street, which was closed off from Main Street all the way past the Hendricks County Government Center.

Downtown was filled with reenactors and demonstrators showing how Civil War era people lived, worked, and went to battle.

John Steepe of the Cool Creek Forge did blacksmith demonstrations.

“I’ve been at this 13 years and I’m starting to get pretty good at it,” he joked.

Steepe, along with all of the other demonstrators, spent time answering questions and showing exactly how hard people had to work during the Civil War.

Indianapolis resident Fred Schaefer is a reenactor who takes on the persona of Dr. William Henry Wishard, who was a Civil War physician.

“I’m really impressed with this event,” Schaefer said. “I really enjoy seeing people absorb the history.”

Diana Stevens did spinning demonstrations inside the Hendricks County Historical Museum. She uses wool from Hendricks County sheep and is the founder of the Hendricks County Fiber Guild. The guild meets monthly at the Hendricks County Senior Center.

Brownsburg photographer Wilbur Tague once again took on the role of President Abraham Lincoln. He spoke to the crowd in character from the main stage, telling about his upbringing and his plans for the country.

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