Be sure to see the Living History presentations occurring all day at the McDowell Presbyterian Church, at the George Washington Hull house, and throughout the village of McDowell on Saturday.
SATURDAY - MAY 6
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m Battle Formation & Dress Parade of Troops followed by Battalion Drill
9:00 a.m. Event opens to the public
5:30 p.m. Reenactment closed to general public.
Throughout the day:
-- Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other hot food items will be sold by the McDowell Volunteer Fire Department
-- Exhibition and sale of traditional handicrafts
-- Continuous scenarios and first-person presentations throughout town on Saturday>
-- Civilian docent / interpreters available (look for the orange ribbons!) to explain events in third person
-- Refreshments will be available to purchase at the church
Note: All times of scheduled activities are subject to change.
The reenactment of the Battle of McDowell forms the centerpiece for the "McDowell Battlefield Heritage Days" which was originally held every two years on the first weekend of May by the Highland Historical Society and Highland County Chamber of Commerce. The last McDowell Event was held in 2012, and after a five year hiatus, we are looking forward to the Gala 155th Anniversary Battle of McDowell Living History and Reenactment! This is the only event being held in the 155th Cycle to commemorate Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaign.
The event receives strong support from the local community. Many local residents take part in the traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits, in conducting tours for spectators, in making and selling refreshments, in helping to man information tables with historic preservation information. Some participate in the reenactment itself.
If you live in Highland County or surrounding areas and would like to get involved as a local community participant, contact the Highland Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.