Saturday, August 14, 2010

Battery Hooper Days, August 21 and 22, 2010

Boom! It's just one week away - the 6th Annual Battery Hooper Days, at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright, Kentucky, just a few minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Ramage Museum, on the location of Battery Hooper, one of the batteries that helped defend the region from the threat of a Confederate invasion in September 1862, hosts this annual free and family friendly event every August, featuring Civil War re-enactors, Living History Displays and other activities for adults and children.

One exciting change this year is that we will begin selling Hooper's Heroes Museum Memberships to help support the museum as we become self-sufficient. For just $20 annually for an individual or $35 for an entire family, you can support us financially. Among the benefits you will receive will be museum newsletters and email updates, 10% discounts off our gift shop and used-book sale prices and opportunities to preview future museum events before they open to the general public.

Our lineup of entertainers and presents is, again, very strong.

Once again, we will have Stan Wernz  (see the picture below) doing his wonderful impression of President Abraham Lincoln. He will speak twice on both days, and will do the Gettysburg Address, of course.

 The Ladies' Living History Society of Greater Cincinnati will also be present, showing their display of period fashions. I have included a picture from their appearance last year

Among the re-enactors scheduled to appear and set up an encampment are the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the 5th Ohio Artillery and the 9th Kentucky, a Confederate group.

On Saturday, we will have a local man singing some of the music of Stephen Foster.

Bernie O'Bryan will again impressively dress and speak as Major General Lew Wallace, and, for the first time, Tom Kriedler will appear as General Horatio Wright, for whom the city of Fort Wright was named.

For the children, Honey Hill Farm will show up with their petting zoo, which kids will love. We will also have a face painting station and contests for kids to play and win prizes.

Since Battery Hooper was an actual Civil War site, archaeological digs still take place here and we will have a display on that archaeology with several people who have worked on the site present to answer questions.  (For those interested in archaeology, you can sign up for our next public archaeology digs, on September 11 and 12 of this year, starting at Battery Hooper Days.)

Several local historical societies and groups will also be on hand, providing material about their groups. These include the Campbell and Kenton County Historical Societies and the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table.

Detailed driving directions can be found in the museum's link at the top of this page, or at this article, courtesy of

Admission and parking are both free, though donations are, of course, always welcome. Parking is in the lot at the Community of Faith Presbyterian Church. In addition to our Battery Hooper Days, the church will be having its annual cook-out and ice cream social, with lots of good food to enjoy.

Battery Hooper Days is always a fun event for the history buff, the Civil War enthusiast, for those interested in local events and for families in general.

Please consider coming out and visiting us. You will have a blast.

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