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Visit Hale Farm & Village on August 10 and 11 for Ohio’s largest annual Civil War Reenactment. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and emotion of the battle.

Civil War Reenactment 2019 - The First Battle of Petersburg

Thousands of visitors and reenactors flock to Hale Farm & Village annually for this popular summertime event—the largest annual Civil War reenactments in Ohio. Meet soldiers, cavalry and civilians. Hear the sounds of battle and smell the gunpowder. Shake hands with President Lincoln or shop for a hoopskirt. Don’t miss the excitement!

Beginning on Friday, August 9, Hale Farm offers “Civil War Education Day,” in partnership with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. This event presents a sneak peek into the making of a reenactment. Children ages 7-12 years have the unique opportunity to observe reenactor camps, cavalry demonstrations, meet soldiers and civilians in period dress, and enjoy all that Hale Farm & Village has to offer. Reservations are required for the youth Education Day and can be made by calling 330-666-3711 x 1720 or visiting www.halefarm.org.

On Saturday, August 10 at 2:30pm and Sunday August 11 at 2:00pm, visitors can experience a presentation of the first Battle of Petersburg, an unsuccessful Union assault on the city of Petersburg, Virginia, June 15, 1864. To recreate this battle Hale Farm & Village will be constructing earthworks in the north pasture where the battle takes place. During the Civil War, Petersburg was protected by fortifications known as the Dimmock Line, a line of earthworks 10 miles long, east of the city, including 55 artillery batteries, and anchored on the Appomattox River.

In early June 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee were engaged in the Overland Campaign, facing each other in their trenches after the bloody Battle of Cold Harbor. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler of the Union Army realized that Richmond, Va. was supplied by railroads that converged in the city of Petersburg, to the south, and that taking Petersburg would cripple Lee's supply lines. The assault consisted of Union infantry and cavalrymen who outnumbered the Confederate soldiers. However, after a poor leadership choice by Butler, confusion ensued and the Confederate soldiers were able to repulse the Union assault. Union forces eventually withdrew.

Other highlights of the weekend will include a visit from President Lincoln, Camp Chase Fifes and Drums and shopping on Sutler’s Row with vendors of Civil War era merchandise. Cavalry mounted drills, foot soldier drills, and artillery demonstrations will also take place throughout the weekend.

“The Civil War Reenactment provides visitors a chance to experience the history of our country first hand,” according to Jason Klein, Director of Hale Farm & Village.

Admission is $10 for adults or a two-day ticket is $15.00 and for children (12 and under) $5, or a two-day ticket is $7.50. Online ticket sales will be offered until August 9. After that date, tickets will need to be purchased at the door. Each day offers activities for the whole family and the opportunity to experience life during the American Civil War.

Make the weekend extraordinary by riding the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to the event. Tickets should be reserved in advance through the CVSR.

During the festival, enjoy lunch at Café 1810 in the Visitor’s Center or shop The Marketplace at Hale Farm & Village. The MarketPlace features handcrafted at Hale items as well as many other Ohio made crafts and souvenirs.

Hale Farm is open 10:00am-5:00pm daily

Presale Tickets are good for any One Event day!

DAILY ACTIVITIES 10:00 am to 5:00 pm TBD

  • Hale Farm & Village Craft & Trade Demonstrations and Historic Structures
  • Visit Union & Confederate Camps

Please note:

  • Museum exhibits close temporarily during the Battle.
  • Only service animals are permitted on property.

ATTENTION REENACTORS: Early Registration will be available soon. Please check back or call us for details. 330-666-3711


Call us for more information 330-666-3711 x 1717.

All Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment participants are required to register for the event.

The registration fee is $10.00 per person age 18 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian and are admitted free. No one under the age of 16 may carry a firearm on museum grounds.

The deadline for pre-registration is TBD.

Registrations received after TBD, will not be guaranteed complimentary breakfast rations.

Walk-in reenactors must register the weekend of the event on-site at the Registration Tent to receive event and parking passes.

Please send payment, registration forms and a signed Risk Agreement to the following address:

Hale Farm & Village

Civil War Reenactment

2686 Oak Hill Road

P.O. Box 296

Bath, Ohio 44210-0296

If you cannot attend, but would like to Donate to the Hale Farm & Village / Western Reserve Historical Society, please



  • Special members-only events Discounted admission to programs
  • Two Carousel Rides per member per visit
  • Invitation to WRHS Annual Meeting
  • Subscription to newsletter, The News
  • Electronic updates on WRHS events
  • 10% WRHS Museum store discount Discounted Parking at the Cleveland History Center

If you would like to become a member of Hale Farm & Village


Venue Information

Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Road P.O. Box 296
Bath, OH 44210

Organizer Information

Hale Farm & Village/ Western Reserve Historical Society

2686 Oak Hill Road
P.O. Box 296
Bath , OH 44210
+1 (330) 666-3711

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Shannon Stewart
+1 (330) 666-3711
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