The event, which will be at the Livery Stable, 4870 E. U.S. 40, Brazil, will be conducted in the memory of Robert L. Hein, a World War II veteran and Normandy D-Day invasion survivor.
He purchased the former Eaglesfield Estate, a 17-acre pre-Civil War northern plantation in 2005. Bob passed away in 2007, leaving this historical estate to his two daughters to continue to preserve for posterity.
The home was built in 1855, and the barn was completed in the 1890s, with both being on the national Historical Registry. The barn -- one of the most photographed in Indiana -- was chosen to be the centerfold of the 2008 Country Woman's Calendar, featuring barns from across the country.
The pre-Civil War property has served as personal homes for several families, a way station, a motel, rental apartments, and most recently, an antique mall. At one time, the barn housed more than 5,000 chickens on the upper floors and 40 livestock on the main floor, and currently houses one of the most unique antique malls in the nation with more than 10,000 items for sale.
Abraham Lincoln used the property as a way station during his travels back and forth to Washington D.C. John Wayne, Al Capone and Jimmy Hoffa have all been reported to have used the Hint's restaurant during their visits to the local area, along with other travelers on U.S. 40.
The Civil War Living History Encampment with the Freeman's Battery of the Army of Tennessee will be Friday-Sunday, July 23-25. The living history event will be free to the public with a small parking donation being collected to help defray some of the costs involved.
This year's event will have six cannons and up to 100 re-enactors. Some visitors may even be inducted into basic training or the firing of cannons or muskets.
This event will include period culture, roles of women and children, a Ladies' High Tea, North and South Encampment sites, and soldier's experiences with skirmishes of rifle and cannon fire at the Battle of Brazil.
During Saturday evening's campfire, there will be a Round Dance/Hoedown/sing along, and a presentation by Ron Mott of WPFR Radio, AM 1480, presenting his "Families Civil War History of Parke County," and a brief presentation about "The Money System During the Civil War," presented by corporate sponsor Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.
After dark, patrons can enjoy the special night firing of all six cannons lighting the sky.
A trader's day market will be open to anyone who would like to participate. Individuals and groups are invited to set up to help raise money for their organizations or promote their business.
Colonel James Raney will fire up the adobe oven area with open fire cooked beans and cornbread.
A snack bar will also be available for food or drinks inside the antique mall.
The event will be from 10 a.m. until dark, July 23, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., July 24, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., July 25.
For more information about the event and possible cannon sponsorship, contact Wayne and Bette Brewer at 765-569-6690 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.