Times of the Civil War

Times of the Civil War
Posted on 04/08/2009

Civil war buffs will soon be able to witness historic re-enactments in one of Orland Park's richly historical areas.

The Village of Orland Park will host "Times of the Civil War" on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the John Humphrey Sports Complex and adjacent Hostert Log Cabins, 14700 West (100th) Avenue. Reenactments will be conducted throughout the day. Skirmishes will take place at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm daily.

Named for the village's first mayor, the John Humphrey Sports Complex and the adjacent Humphrey Woods, along with the Hostert Brothers' Log Cabins, will be transformed into an authentic military camp where guests can witness battles throughout the day between union troops, rebel forces and the home guard.

Authentic uniforms, weapons, tents and utensils will be used for the performances. Attendees will see infantry, musket and bayonet drills and cooking demonstrations.

The Hostert brothers' log cabins were originally built in other parts of Orland Park in the mid-1800s and were re-constructed at their current locations in the 1980s. Each cabin is furnished with original pieces from the appropriate era. The cabins will be opened during the event with commentary provided by members of the Historical Society throughout the day.

"The Hostert Log Cabins provide the perfect back drop for this historical re-creation," said Orland Park Media/Special Events Manager Patty Vlazny, who is overseeing the event for the village. "This is a great opportunity for families, students and scout troops to learn more about the Civil War and see how they lived in military camps," she added.

Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln as they visit the camp on Saturday, May 2 from 11 am to 2:30 pm. On Sunday, presentations about Captain Henry Wirz, Commandant of the Andersonville POW Camp will take place. Music will be provided by the Battlefield Balladeers and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The grounds will be open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on both Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd. Admission is free and parking will be available at the Humphrey Complex and at the adjacent Orland Junior High and High Point Schools. Additional parking will be available at the Orland Park Civic Center, located at the east end of the complex. Orland Park's John Humphrey Sports Complex and the adjacent Hostert Brothers' log cabins are located at 14700 West (100th) Avenue, four blocks west of LaGrange Road/Route 45.

Further information is available at 708/403-6140.