Historical society to take walk back to Civil War era

Published 4:35 pm Friday, April 2, 2010

Last year, Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests were treated to a tour of Gerald McGough’s extensive collection of farm implements, wagons, vintage farmhouse items, woodwork shops and much more on his property in Honoraville.

This year, things will be even bigger and better with a walk back into the Civil War era.

The BCHGS’s quarterly meeting is set for 2 p.m., April 25 at McGough’s home, located at 4470 Honoraville Road

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(County Road 50).

The program will include Civil War re-enactors in the uniforms of both Union and Confederate soldiers, and ladies decked out in authentic antebellum costume. An 18th century horse-drawn chuck wagon will also be on display, says Annie Crenshaw of the BCHGS.

“Mr. McGough will also share items from his vast and wonderful collection of Civil War memorabilia, books, paintings and period weaponry. Attendees had a fantastic time at the McGough home last year, so you won’t want to miss this entertaining and educational outdoor event,” Crenshaw said.

“And don’t forget to bring your folding chairs, folks!”

Anyone wishing to volunteer to bring refreshments or wishes to carpool is asked to contact BCHGS president Barbara Middleton at 334-382-2639. From Greenville, turn northeast on Hwy 50 just past Watson’s Animal Clinic and look for the horse-and-buggy detail on the “barn” mailbox.