Sept. 14 – Civil War Day at Orson Starr House in Royal Oak

Sept. 14 – Civil War Day at Orson Starr House in Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Historical Commission will once again be hosting Civil War Day at the Historic Orson Starr House, (3123 N. Main St, 1 block south of 13 Mile Rd) on Saturday, September14th, from 10 – 5. The event is free to the public.

Civil War re-enactors, both military and civilian, will be on site to demonstrate life in a civil war encampment, including musket firing demonstrations, drill sessions, and camp life, as well as answer any questions.

“This is our 5th year for the event” said Rick Karlowski of the Royal Oak Historical Commission, the volunteer city committee that oversee operations and upkeep of the Starr House as well as other historical projects. “The theme is that of a recruiting party coming to Royal Oak. The 15 th Michigan Volunteers will again be the main participants, along with their civilian camp followers. We will also have some Confederate paroles from the 5 th Kentucky Infantry walking the grounds.”

“We also have a special guest this year – Clara Barton will be attending describing what medicine was like in the mid-19 th century”

Kids can participate in a recruit musket drill with the soldiers through the day after “enlisting”. “Kids will be loaned a wooden musket and kepi cap, and go through the basic drill and maneuvers of a Civil War era recruit” Rick said. “At the end, they will be given an enlistment certificate based on an actual Civil War document.”

Musicians will be playing period music from 1-3 in the afternoon. “A small group of local residents will be playing period tunes between the musket demos in the afternoon.”

The Starr House will also be open. Don Caulder of the Starr House Guild will be conducting tours of the house throughout the day. “He is very knowledgeable on the history of the house and the furnishing, and love to do the tours” stated Alexandra Kerrigan, Chairman of the Historical Commission. “I would encourage everyone that stops by to get a tour with Don.” Extra parking is available at the Salvation Army church a block south of the Starr House.

“The Salvation army has generously agreed to again allow us to us their parking lot for visitors” Rick said. “It is only a block or so south of the Starr House, a very short walk”

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