West Virginia's 150th birthday includes plenty of area Civil War events, exhibits
West Virginia, the only state formed during the midst of the Civil War, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.
The Mountain State's calendar is packed with upcoming Civil War events and exhibits during this historic Sesquicentennial celebration year.
Here's a look at a few Civil War events and exhibits happening now.
Hurricane Civil War Weekend
Held at Valley Park, March 21-24, Hurricane Civil War Weekend commemorates two engagements of the Civil War, the Battle of Scary Creek and the skirmish at Hurricane Bridge, separated by a space of several years.
Known for its night cannon firing, horse-drawn wagon rides, military ball and ladies tea, Hurricane's Civil War Weekend, one of the first re-enactments of the season, has a special guest this year.
There will be a replica of the 1863-built Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, which was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship. This replica, built by John Dangerfield of Charleston, S.C., and friends, is just a little bit bigger than the Hunley, which was 40-foot-long-by-4-foot-high-by-3-1/2-foot-wide.
Other activities include: campsite tours, an historic remembrance play, artillery night firing, horse drawn wagon rides, presentations by Abe Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, period church service, battle re-enactments, Ladies Tea, dinner with Abe Lincoln, military ball and Sutler shops will sell Civil War era items and other souvenirs.
Call 304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11 or visit www.civilwardayswv.com for the complete schedule and more information.
West Virginia 150
Up through Dec. 31, at The West Virginia State Museum, inside the Culture Center in Charleston, this sesquicentennial exhibit commemorates West Virginia's 150th birthday, focuses on more than 150 people, places and events that helped to shape the lives of West Virginians over the past 150 years.
The exhibit features West Virginia's national and international accomplishments and achievements since the state's birth on June 20, 1863. Hundreds of artifacts tell stories about the state's steel, coal, glass, timber and railroad industries as well as such notable West Virginians. The State Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.
For more information, call 304-558-0220 or visit www.wvculture.org.
'Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War'
Through March 23, at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Library, Lewisburg, the exhibition, "Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War," explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.
Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. These men served as a reminder of the costs of the conflict long after the war had ended. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Call 304-647-6261 or visit www.wvsom.edu/academics/workshops-events/lifeandlimb.
"Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition"
"Liberty on the Border" focuses on the relationship between the states along the Ohio River. The exhibit, up through Aug. 25, at The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia in Beckley, has a regional focus. The strong focus on non-military events and civilian contributions put the causes, effects and meaning of the war in more personal terms. Visitors will learn the role that women and children played in the war. The exhibit includes more than 300 artifacts, archival documents, lithographs and photographs. It also contains a multitude of interactive elements and computer activities. There are historic military artifacts that Civil War buffs will love to see including: An original Sharp's carbine, Colt pistol and pike from John Brown's raid, the Confederate battle flag, jacket and cap of Private Silas Buck referred to in Ken Burn's "Civil War," plus other artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian and other museums.