Thursday, May 26, 2016

Steuben: Lain's Mill Civil War Reenactment enters its 5th year

Hornell NY, June 3, 2016:  The Canisteo Valley will hear the sounds of war again the weekend of June 3rd as the 21st Georgia and Harry Lain Family hosts the fifth annual Civil War reenactment at Lain's Cider Mill. Each year, Union and Confederate reenactors from all over the Eastern United States and Canada come together to entertain and educate the public about the war that both split and mended the nation. Starting with an educational day for schools on Friday June 3rd, students will walk to stations to learn firsthand about Civil War military life, cooking, artillery, medicine, and more. The gates open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for the public. There will be demonstrations depicting many aspects of the Civil War and the culture of the 1860's. Spectators will be welcome to walk through the camps and ask questions of the reenactors. "Explaining how soldiers fought, marched, and lived is one of the most rewarding parts of being a reenactor" stated Mark D. Smith, the current Second Sergeant of the 21st Georgia Volunteer Infantry. "The only more enjoyable part would be the battles." Each year there is at least one battle on both Saturday and Sunday. The victor of these battles is often known only by the commanders of the two sides, so the entertainment is for reenactors and public alike. The gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and camps stay open to the public until 5:00 p.m. Cost is only $3.00 per person for both days and children under 5 are free. More information and directions can be found online at or the Battle of Lain's Mill Facebook page.