PARKERSBURG - Carlin's Battery Civil War re-enactors have invited the community to their annual Christmas at the Cabin on Dec. 23 at Fort Boreman Historic Park.
The soldiers, who will be dressed in their period Civil War uniforms, will have a campfire going.
"We'll have cookies, hot cocoa and coffee, a bonfire, caroling, it should be a lot of fun. During the Civil War, at Christmas time, townsfolk would come up to the hill and thank the soldiers stationed at Fort Boreman for their service, so this is a very traditional thing," said Jim Miracle, captain of Carlin's Battery.
Activities will begin at 6 p.m. This will be the fifth year for the annual Christmas season celebration.
"We'll have displays at the cabin, a Christmas tree with decorations on the porch," Miracle said.
The unit uses the soldiers cabin at the park for its headquarters.
A Carlin's Battery Celebration
* Civil War era displays will be set up at the soldiers barracks at Fort Boreman Historic Park.
* There will be a bonfire, caroling, cookies and hot chocolate.
* Festivities are scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at Fort Boreman Historic Park.
* The park can be reached by taking the U.S. 50-bypass, turning onto the Marrtown Road exit, left across the bypass, then left onto Fort Boreman Park Road.
* The park includes the reconstructed earthen Civil War fort, walkways, picnic shelters, parking areas, a playground, and informational displays as well as the cabin.
* For more information on Carlin's Battery go their website: www.carlinsbatteryd.org.
The cabin, formerly located on New England Ridge in Lubeck District, was disassembled, transported in pieces to the park and reassembled by volunteers with Carlin's Battery, and other volunteers frm the community who donated their time and talents to the project. The cabin is reminiscent of the style of cabin that would have been used by the soldiers stationed on the hill. Remains of a a former cabin were located within about 10 feet of the cabin's current location.
Carlin's Battery attends fairs, festivals, parades and Civil War re-enactments around the region acting as ambassadors for the county and the park. More information on the unit is available at their website: www.carlinsbatteryd.org.
The park can be reached by taking the U.S. 50-bypass, turning onto the Marrtown Road exit, left across the bypass, then left onto Fort Boreman Park Road.
Fort Boreman Park includes the reconstructed earthen Civil War fort, a display cannon, picnic shelters, playground, and informational displays as well as the soldiers cabin. Fort Boreman was named for West Virginia's first governor, Arthur I. Boreman, a Parkersburg native. Union troops with the 11th West Virginia Infantry manned the fort during the Civil War.
The original Carlin's Battery unit started in Wheeling and was ultimately discharged from Fort Boreman. Battery D was organized in August 1862 with John Carlin as captain.