Blountsville Historical Society planning festival, reenactment

Tents and cannon are part of civil war reenactment.

Tents and cannon are part of civil war reenactment.

Blountsville Historical Society is preparing again for its annual Heritage Festival and Forrest-Streight Civil War Raid reenactment.

Begun in 1999, the event is the society’s fundraiser for its many history/heritage projects. Included among these projects have been building stabilization, renovations, museum displays, research, landscaping, costuming, concerts, parades, fair and festival booths, cemetery walks, school and civic club presentations, a joint lecture series at the library, living history events (including the Civil War battles and early settlement scenarios), purchase of park land, and relocating historic buildings to the park.

The society was recognized by the Alabama Historical Association in 2006, when it received the James Ray Kuykendall award as the state’s most outstanding local historical society. All members are volunteers, and they have worked diligently through the years. Community volunteers have pitched in whenever needed, as the park and society activities are for the community – whether to further historical knowledge of historically significant greater Blountsville, to provide cultural experiences, or just to enhance the Blountsville experience.

Volunteers are now being assigned the very important jobs of parking supervisors, gate admission personnal, and museum watchers/docents for the May 1 and May 2 festival/reenactment. Old-time life skills and craft demonstrators are also needed to enhance the 1800s era living history scenario. (Modern crafts and sales books will not be represented.)

If you
wish to help with this event, call society president Jeff Thompson or event coordinator Joyce Thompson at 429- 4232. Additional information about the society can be found at blountsvillehis