Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Perryville Walking Tour Weekend, May 15-16

I'm not sure  I will be able to make it, but this sounds fun. The tour leaders do an excellent job,  and, of course, the battlefield itself is beautiful. It's a great place and even if I cannot make it to this tour I will make a trip to Perryville sometime this year.

http://www.friendsofperryville.org/html/spring_hike.html

May 15th and 16th, 2015

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site 
1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468

Sponsored by the Friends of Perryville Battlefield and the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table 
Guides – Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith

May 15th – Dry Canteen Trail Walk
This walk replicates the Federal First Corps approach to the battlefield. The Dry Canteen Trail is a scout trail that scouts, without water to simulate what the Union troops were going through on October 7th, could earn a badge and learn about the Battle of Perryville. The trail consists of road walking, so wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and wear bright colors so that passing cars may see us more easily. While the walk is mostly on back roads, there is a busier section at the beginning of the walk that we need to exercise extreme caution and walk single file. 
Meet by the Confederate Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. We will then take as few vehicles as possible and drive to Mackville. Starting at the Mackville Community Center we will walk about ten miles back to the battlefield, arriving by 3:00 p.m. Car drivers will then need to be shuttled back to Mackville to pick up their vehicles. Do not let the distance deter you from joining as we will have an easy pace and smooth surface to enjoy. Post walk event will be at Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, where we can enjoy a great local restaurant and chat about Perryville. 
May 16th – Walking Tour of Perryville Battlefield
Join Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith for an extended walking tour of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. There will be a morning session from 9:00 a.m. until noon, a break for lunch, and then an afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (covering a different part of the battle than the morning session). There will be some sort of evening session (hopefully with a renowned Perryville expert), so please plan on joining us after the walking tour for some enjoyable post tour camaraderie. 
Attendees should wear comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and pack a lunch. History buffs and the general public are all welcome! Each session will involve about three miles of walking, with some elevation changes (none greater than 100 feet) along the way. Meet for the morning session at the picnic shelter in the park near the playground. When entering the park, take the first right and look for the shelter. 
Morning Session – 9:00-12:00 – Meet at the Picnic Shelter near the playground.
Lunch - 12:00-1:00 
Be sure to pack a lunch! Note - There is a small Amish place on the Lebanon Pike southwest of Perryville that may be open (about a ten minute drive). They make a delicious deli sandwich! 
Afternoon Session – 1:00-4:00 – Meet at the Confederate Cemetery
Evening Session – Post Tour Gathering – To Be Announced 
Darryl Smith
Ohio at Perryville Blog
Civil War Trust - Regimental Color Bearer
Cincinnati Civil War Round Table - Activities Committee Chair

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the promo, Richard! A few updates...for the 16th morning session, just meet by the Confederate cemetery. And the evening session will have Kurt Holman discussing the history of the park, and Stuart Sanders giving a talk on the aftermath of the battle, held in the Civil War Hall across from the museum.

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