Civil War Encampment returns to Keeper’s House

A group of soldiers fire their rifles.

The Wolcott Keeper's House-14th Ohio Civil War Encampment is back for the 2013 Lighthouse Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12,  after a year's hiatus, along with the Keeper's House fall tradition of bean soup, Johnny cake, and cider. A group of Civil War re-enactors, led by Captain Brian Porter, will set up camp on the Keeper's House grounds, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, early Saturday morning,  Oct. 12. 

The authentically  uniformed and outfitted soldiers and civilian 'camp followers' will demonstrate rifle firing, conduct drills, and explain their uniforms and gear throughout the day.    The civilians, including soldiers' families, a physician and blacksmith will demonstrate the soldiers' vital support system and explain what was happening on the home front. Representatives from the National Park Service will share the history of the Ottawa County and Islands during the era, and its impact on American History. Authentic period music will be provided by Tracie Henson and the Strings of Glory.  The Wolcott Keeper's House is 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

Volunteers will conduct tours of the 1820's stone home of Benajah Wolcott, first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse and historic cemetery from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Bean soup, johnny cake, and cider will be available for a donation, and a small farmer's market will be on the grounds, including apples from Moore Orchards in Oak Harbor.   

The adjacent gift shop and museum is open and tickets for the annual fund raising raffle will be available until the time of the drawing at 3:00.    Prizes this year are a signed and framed Ben Richmond print, The Keeper’s House, a Heritage queen sized quilt and shams and a $75 gift certificate from Martha and Molly’s, and a Marblehead Destination bracelet from Emily’s GSE Jewelers.  Tickets for the annual fund raising drawing are on sale for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. 

The Ottawa County Historical Society purchased the house and grounds in the 1980's and has restored and maintained it over the years as a living history site to preserve and share the history of Ottawa County and the Marblehead Peninsula. The activities are supported by donations, grants, and fund raising projects.  For more information, and to support or volunteer, visit our web site at

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