The city of Philippi and all of its historical charm will come alive today as residents celebrate the famous Civil War land battle of June 3, 1861, as part of the annual Blue & Gray Reunion weekend.
"There is just a whole bunch of things that people can do and see and view the whole weekend," Blue & Gray Reunion Chairman Edgar Brown said.
Visitors will get to witness re-enactments of the land battle, the famous Hanger leg amputation and see many ladies and gentleman don the attire of the Civil War time period.
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Civil War re-enactors enjoy taking part in events at the Blue & Gray Reunion each year in Philippi.
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. today as traditional crafters show their wares. The food court and craft tables will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and will open at noon on Sunday.
The official opening with the Blue & Gray Choir chimes in at 6:30 p.m. today at the gazebo on the Barbour County Courthouse lawn. The event will be followed by gospel singing.
Folks can take a self-guided walking tour on Friday anywhere between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the aid of a destination map on the back of the Blue & Gray Reunion brochure. The brochure can be downloaded from www.blueandgrayreunion.org.
Adaland Mansion, four miles north of Philippi, will host mansion and barn tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may enjoy a quilt show starting at 10 a.m. at Mountain Treasures, or gazebo entertainment throughout the day.
Folks can line up along Main Street by 7:30 p.m. to watch the parade, and they won't want to miss the fireworks at 10 p.m. that soar through the skies above south Philippi near Shop-n-Save.
Everyone can watch the Little Soldiers Battle enacted by children ages 6-12 at 10 a.m. Saturday at the historical Philippi Covered Bridge, or stop in for tea at 10 a.m. at Adaland Mansion instead. The Covered Bridge also will be the site for an 11 a.m. artillery demonstration, while a re-enactors skirmish will begin at 1 p.m.
The re-enactors' camps will be set up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along South Main Street. Visitors are welcome.
"Go into camp and talk to the soldiers," Brown said. "The re-enactors enjoy people coming in and talking to them."
Saturday activities continue with the Hanger amputation at 2:15 p.m. in the Barbour County Bank parking lot along Pike Street.
"There's a lot of interesting things," Brown said. "Our skirmishes and our battle, and then there is the choir that performs at 3 o'clock at Philippi Baptist Church. It's a really good choir."
The choir will perform period-themed music for all those who attend. Visitors may gather at 8 p.m. outside the Courthouse for the Civil War Ball on the lawn. Anyone who missed the first Hanger amputation can still watch the re-enactment again at 9 p.m. by candlelight in the bank parking lot. The re-enactors' night skirmish will begin at 11 p.m. at the Covered Bridge.
On Sunday, the last day of the Blue & Gray Reunion, a service at Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. will be styled to the 1800s. Another artillery demonstration will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Covered Bridge. The first land battle of the Civil War re-enactment will start at 2 p.m., followed by one last Hanger amputation re-enactment.
For a complete schedule, more information or to learn how to register for the re-enactments and other special activities, visit www.blueandgrayreunion.org.