(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
The blasts of artillery will sound throughout the weekend as historical re-enactors set up camp for the annual Lanier Civil War Days.

Visitors may take a trip back in time with the recreation of Civil War battles, a visit with Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee or watch Victorian-era artisans demonstrate their skills on Saturday and Sunday at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, 601 W. First St.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Several Civil War re-enactor groups, including the Vernon Greys, the Nelson Artillery Company, Freemans Battery and the 1st Wisconsin, will be at the Lanier Mansion to share stories of Civil War soldiers' lives, fire a Gatling gun and firing artillery on the hour during the events, a release said.

"One of the unique things about our event is the way the cannon blasts echo off the Kentucky hills," site manager Gerry Reilly said in the release. "You hear the initial bang, followed by a long pause. Then you hear the echoes which sound like thunder rolling down the valley."

Events begin Saturday with a remembrance ceremony for Jefferson County residents who served in the Civil War. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Jefferson County Civil War memorial at the Visitor Center Plaza.

On Saturday, Krembo K the juggler and Freakshow Foley the sword swallower with the Blue Monkey Group of Indianapolis will perform from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. Civil War music will also be played by the group West of Dublin during the free Civil War music concert that begins at 7 p.m.

Presentations and re-enactors will provide visitors with an insight to local heritage and key people in during the Civil War on both days of the event. Artisans plan to showcase historic trade demonstrations like woodworking, blacksmithing, basket weaving and Dutch oven cooking throughout the weekend on the mansion grounds.

Children's activities of knot tying, rope making, hand weaving, cord making and other Civil War-era toys will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"His Lordship's Beef" also plans to set up a Civil War-era outdoor tavern during the events to roast meat over an open fire. Roast beef with red beans and cornbread and period libations of lemonade, a non-alcoholic drink called switchel, hard cider and Steamboat Common, a lager beer classically brewed on the Ohio River, will be available for purchase during the event.

Admission to the Lanier Civil War Days is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under the age of 3 are free.