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September 4, 2012

Civil War Heritage Weekend slated

FAYETTEVILLE — This Sept. 7-9, Fayetteville hopes to draw visitors for a weekend of history, food, and fun during its first ever Chautauqua and Civil War Heritage Weekend.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fayetteville, which unfolded in the first weeks of 1862. A second battle in 1863 is notable as the first use of indirect firing during a battle.

The town welcomes historians, Civil War buffs, families or anyone interested in living history to the commemoration, says Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Sally Kiner.

“It would be great for everyone to come and partake of all the history events and make a complete weekend of it, to come in Friday and stay through Sunday,” she says.

The activity-packed weekend includes workshops, lectures, musical performances and live history re-enactors.

In addition, Fayetteville features a Saturday morning farmer’s market, a number of acclaimed local restaurants for unwinding during the evening and plenty of bed and breakfast-style lodging at night.

The town will also hold its Heritage Festival that weekend at the town park, rescheduled after June’s derecho disrupted the event.

Opportunities for side trips also abound. The CVB can guide visitors to the many Civil War sites in Fayette County, including Sewell Mountain, Ansted, Gauley Bridge, Cotton Hill and Hawks Nest. A brochure on these sites is available from the CVB.

“The Civil War is very hot right now, since this and next year are big anniversary years,” says Kiner. “We get more and more people in here asking about Civil War sites, so we’re hoping to be able to pull some of those people interested in the Civil War into Fayette County.”

The Civil War Heritage Weekend is a partnership among the Fayetteville CVB, the Historic Fayette Theater, the Town of Fayetteville and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Historical characters like Gen. Robert E. Lee, Porte Crayon, Harriet Tubman and Stonewall Jackson will come alive, thanks to talented performers.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about how Fayetteville fits into Civil War history more generally with a Saturday lecture from Terry Lowry of the West Virginia State Archives, entitled “The Civil War in Fayetteville and Fayette County.”

All events are free and open to the public.

More information is available at http://www.visitfayettevillewv.com/ or by calling 304-574-1500.

— E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com

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