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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Poplar Height's Living History Farm Summer Festival

One hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War ended.1865 was a year that saw a president inaugurated, then assassinated, the formal abolition of slavery and the celebration of the end of America’s deadliest war.

This weekend, Poplar Heights Living History Farm will join that  celebration with Civil War Weekend (June 13 and June 14). Reenactors of the Union and Confederate armies will be on hand to give you a glimpse of Civil War life while firing cannons and black powder guns.

You can walk the Civil War trail to read stories of life on the western front - stories of local men and women and how their lives were affected by this conflict. There will also be heritage crafters, blacksmiths, black powder log splitting and horse-drawn wagon rides.

There will be plenty of free children’s activities. Join them and try your hand at candle making, stone cutting, two-man sawing and more. The Poplar Heights Mining Company’s mining sluice is in full operation. Learn about Missouri’s mining history and pan for real gems and minerals. See if you’re strong enough to crack open a geode and find the surprise inside.

There will be music throughout the weekend and lots of food booths with everything from funnel cakes and kettle corn to complete dinners. Then head over to the Osage Vigilantes pioneer town for a shootout with the gunfighters. They are putting on five shows for visitors with a gift for each child.

This family event is free to children under 12 and adults are just $5.

Times are Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit the website at www. or visit them on Facebook or call 660-200-5620.

There’s plenty of free parking and buses are welcome.

Poplar Heights Living History Farm is a 640-acre educational site and nature conservancy located seven miles northeast of Butler. This charitable foundation highlights Missouri life at the end of the 1800s. Proceeds from this event help fund the children’s programs.

From Butler, go east on H Highway to the cemetery and follow the signs. From the north on I-49, turn east on D Highway at Passaic, go 6.72 miles, turn right on County Road 7003 and follow the signs. From the east, take H Highway to UU Highway and follow the signs.

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