Angola Civil War Days with the Schiffli Family
I had never been to the annual Civil Wars Days but I always heard the loud booms from the cannons during the reenactment, so I figured it was time to check it out! It wan an unseasonably hot day so we wanted to get there fairly early to beat the heat. We parked and started walking toward the Selman Timber Frame and immediately saw a pretty white carriage being pulled by two beautiful black horses. Emi made sure we stopped to watch the horses pass by. As we continued on, there were several vendors selling items ranging from locally made honey to clothing. In the first tent we came to County Commissioner Ron Smith, who was dressed as Baron Von Steuben (Steuben County’s namesake) and was giving a history lesson to a group of Girl Scouts. As we continued exploring, we came upon an area with all sorts of flags. It was neat to see them all displayed in one spot.
Once the kids were finished at the nearby playground, we made our way down the path and passed a dress shop, a fudge shop, a surgeon and candy shop. Emi and MaKenzy had never had the pleasure of enjoying rock candy, so while were checking out the candy shop Emi picked out a cotton candy flavored rock candy while Mak chose green apple. We go back on the path and made our way past the surgeon’s tent. Em was particularly curious but the mannequin on the cot scared MaKenzy. Next we saw several cannons lined up. While they weren’t shooting them off, it was neat to see them up close. There were several tents down the bike trail a bit, but we were starting to get a little warm so we turned around. We peeked in the dress shop that had pretty dresses displayed and for sale. We even passed a lady spinning yarn for her handmade rugs.
Before we made our way home, we walked through the Selman Timber Frame where they had food for sale, storytelling and raffles. At the very end of the pavilion, there were several articles of women’s clothing on display. The dresses and jewelry were absolutely beautiful and I took a photo of the girls with one of the dresses. Overall, Civil War Days was a lot bigger than I expected and it was enjoyable seeing everyone in their well-made outfits. It was definitely a great experience and we will go back next year. Check the calendar on the Steuben County Tourism Bureau site . Civil War Days is usually the fourth Saturday and Sunday in September.