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Bringing history to life

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Livery Stable Antique Mall and Flea Market, 4870 E. U.S. 40, Brazil, is the site of the Hein-Eaglesfield Northern Plantation Educational Weekend, July 24-26. The "Big Green Barn" was built just after the Civil War and will be open for tours during the weekend. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The first civil war living history event will take place in memory of Robert L. Hein, a World War II veteran and D-day invasion survivor.

In 2005, Hein purchased property located at 8870 E. United States 40, Brazil, formerly Eaglefield, 17-acre pre-Civil War, northern plantation.

Hein died in 2007, leaving the estate to his two daughters to continue to preserve the land.

The home was built in 1855 and the barn was completed in the 1890s, with both being on the national historical registry.

The barn is the most photographed barn in the state and was chosen to be in the 2008 Country Women's Calendar featuring barns across the country.

The pre-civil war property served as personal homes for several families, a way station, a restaurant, a motel, apartments and most recently, an antique mall. The barn, at one time, housed more than 5,000 chickens on the two upper floors and 40 horses on the main floor. The barn currently houses the antique mall.

According to reports, Abraham Lincoln stopped at the property when it was a way station. Other notables, including John Wayne, Al Capone and Jimmy Hoffa ate at the restaurant during visits in the area.

The Civil War Living History Encampment with the Army of Tennessee and the 97th Army of Indiana will take place Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, July 26, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The living history event will be free to the public with a small parking fee, which will go to the preservation of the property.

Visitors will experience learning stations about various aspects of the civil war experience. The stations include period culture, roles of women and children, north and south encampment sites, and soldier's experiences with skirmishes of rifle and canon fire, with a Saturday evening shoot scheduled. Some visitors may even be inducted into basic training.

A free traders day market area will be open to anyone who would like to participate at no charge.

Individuals or groups are invited to set up to help raise money for their organizations or promote their businesses. An open pit with adobe oven area will cook beans, cornbread and pies.

A snack bar will be available for food and drinks inside the antique mall.

For additional information regarding the upcoming event, call Wayne and Bette Brewer at 1-765-569-6690.

Schedule of events

The following is the schedule set for the Hein-Eaglesfield Northern Plantation Educational Weekend at The Livery Stable Antique Mall and Flea Market, 4870 E. U.S. 40, Brazil, which runs from July 24-26.

In between events, patrons may visit the camps to see how the troops lived during the Civil War and inspect the "Big Green Barn."

Food, drinks, restrooms will be available to the public throughout the weekend.

Friday, July 24

2 p.m. until dark -- Camp set-up

2 p.m. -- Trader Days set-up

Saturday, July 25

All day -- Campfire beans with cornbread adobe baked by Col. James Raney and Co. (small fee)

9 a.m. -- Historical education tours of site and barn tours begin

9 a.m. -- Trader Days begin

9-10 a.m. -- Troop formation with fun inspection

2:30 p.m. -- Troop skirmish (small battle)

3:30 p.m. -- Historical education tours of site

7-9:30 p.m. -- Troop duties, barn and historical tours

10 p.m. -- Night cannon fire

Sunday, July 26

9 a.m. -- Barn tour begins

9 a.m. -- Educational tours and troop life

10:30 a.m. -- Open community church by Brazil Southern Baptist Church (community invited)

11 a.m.-noon -- Troop formation with gun inspection

2:30 p.m. -- Skirmish (small battle)

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I think this is great! Hopefully this will get around and causes some type of economy boost for Brazil, Lord knows we need it. I hope Hein's daughters keep up the good work. I wonder if they have a web-site to promote it? The citizens of Brazil should get behind them on this, I will.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 10:13 PM

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