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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Civil War ReEnactment

VENUE: 1ST Annual Robert L. Hein Eaglefield Estate Civil War Living History Event
DATE: Sat. July 25, 8am-10pm / Sun. July 26, 8am-3pm
CONTACT: Wayne or Bette Brewer 765-569-6690
The Civil War Living History Encampment with the Army of Tennessee and the 97th Army of Indiana will be on Sat. July 25, 8am-10pm & Sun. July 26, 8am-3pm.
The living history event will be free to the public with a small parking fee going to the preservation of the property. Visitors will experience learning stations about various aspects of the civil war experience. These will include period culture, roles of women and children, north and south encampment sites, and soldier’s experiences with skirmishes of rifle and canon fire, with a Saturday evening shoot scheduled. Some visitors may even be inducted into basic training.
A free traders day market area will be open to anyone who would like to participate at no charge. Individuals or groups are invited to set up to help them raise money for their organizations or promote their business. An open pit with adobe oven area will cook beans, cornbread, and pies. A snack bar will be available for food and drinks inside the antique mall.
The first annual civil war living history event will be held in memory of Robert L. Hein, a WWII veteran and D-day invasion survivor. He purchased the former Eaglefield, 17acre pre-civil war, northern plantation in 2005. He passes away in 2007 leaving this
historical estate to his 2 daughters to continue to preserve the past for others to enjoy.
The home was built in 1855 and the barn completed in 1890's with both being on the national historical registry. The barn is the most photographed barn in Indiana and was chosen to be in the 2008 Country Woman’s Calendar featuring barns across the country.
Abraham Lincoln stopped at the property when it was a way station. Other notables such as John Wayne, Al Capone, and Jimmy Hoffa ate at the restaurant during their visits to the local area.
The Pre-Civil war property has served as personal homes for several families, a way station, a restaurant, a motel, apartments, and most recently an antique mall. The barn at one time housed over 5000 chickens on the 2 upper floors and 40 horses on the main floor. The barn currently houses one of the most unique antique malls in the state.
For additional information regarding the 1st Annual Robert L. Hein Eaglefield Estate Civil War Living History Event, please contact:
Wayne & Bette Brewer
P.O. Box 229
Rockville, In 47872
Telephone: 765-569-6690

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