From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Appomattox Court House NHP and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation will present a traditional Civil War Base Ball game, a celebration of the Clover Hill Tavern’s 200th birthday, and Heritage Day programming.
At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a game of baseball (spelled with two words at the time) featuring the Union Provost Guard versus the Townsfolk. All visitors are welcome to join costumed interpreters to play baseball by the rules of this favorite pastime during the American Civil War. Weather permitting, games will last for about one hour.
The local rules include batters out if a hit ball is caught on one bounce, and also by soaking (hitting the runner with the ball between bases). The ball is much softer than modern baseballs. There is no need to bring a mitt, as they were not used, but the park will provide period correct bats and balls. Soldiers from both the North and the South – and even prisoners – enjoyed escaping from the tedium of war by playing America’s favorite pastime.
Combined with this annual tradition, the park will celebrate 200 years of history for its oldest structure — the Clover Hill Tavern. Join a Ranger-led tour at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. to learn more about this building’s long and colorful history and step up to give a toast as we recreate elements of a historic tavern party at 3:15 p.m.
Ongoing activities will include: blacksmithing demonstrations, a genealogy station, and a hands-on history table. Step inside the Tavern to run a commemorative print through the printing presses!
• 10:00 a.m.: Civil War Base Ball Game
• 11:30 a.m.: 200 Years of the Clover Hill Tavern with Lucas Peed
• 1:00 p.m.: Civil War Base Ball Game
• 2:30 p.m.: 200 Years of the Clover Hill Tavern with Lucas Peed
• 3:15 p.m.: Clover Hill Tavern Birthday Party (with cake and toasts on the porch)
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the park will offer regularly scheduled Living History presentations and Ranger Talks throughout the day. The Appomattox 1865 Foundation will provide beverages and offer information regarding membership at the event.
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