Civil War Winter Camp
Tour times TBA. Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter. In the afternoon, Civil War reenactors will give free infantry demonstrations on the Hayes Presidential grounds, called Spiegel Grove. They also will offer afternoon and evening lantern tours of a Civil War winter camp based on the winter camps of President Hayes regiment, the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This tour lasts about 50 minutes and will be outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Between battles, troops often spent time marching and preparing to fight. During the winter months, they would make a semi-permanent camp to await warmer weather and combat. Hayes regiment spent its winters camping in what is today West Virginia. First Lady Lucy Hayes and the Hayes children often visited the camps, where Lucy would tend to soldiers, mend their uniforms and provide needed support. Hayes Presidential and volunteers have built huts like those used in winter camp at the back of the Spiegel Grove for this event.