Getting an education at Battle Days


By Beth Sergent - bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com



Students hear from the festival’s blacksmith.

Students hear from the festival’s blacksmith.


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Signing up for the militia.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Junior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, fourth from left, joins the militia with support from Miss Battle Days Emily Prichard, far right.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Students learn to take orders from their commanding officer.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Junior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, pictured out front, leads the charge.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Students hear from reenactors near the monument for Chief Cornstalk.


Beth Sergent | OVP

This young reenactor carries his moccasins.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Learning the art of throwing a hatchet.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Learning the art of throwing a hatchet.


Beth Sergent | OVP

This young reenactor has fun with acorns which fell from a French Oak tree at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Students gather near a reenactor on “Living History Day” at Battle Days.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Stirring the apple butter.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Reminding festival goers of “You are my Sunshine.”


Beth Sergent | OVP

These 4-H teen leaders take a break from volunteering at the festival to have some lunch from McDonalds in the year 2019. From left, Lexee Wray, Parker Henderson, Kira Henderson and Ethan Kincaid.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Darla Jackson speaks to children as Mad Anne Bailey.


Beth Sergent | OVP

Reenactors from both sides of history at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.


Beth Sergent | OVP

No cell phones here. Kids learn about colonial childhood games.


Beth Sergent | OVP

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The annual Battle Days festival kicked off Friday with a day of learning and educational demonstrations for fourth graders from Mason County, W.Va. and beyond.

Held at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, students traveled from station to station, learning everything from blacksmithing, to colonial childhood games, to how to join the militia.

Friday morning the park was full of students from Leon, Roosevelt, Beale and even Guyandotte elementary schools. Friday’s weather had an autumn feel, making it ideal, volunteers remarked. Friday is traditionally known as “Living History Day” at the festival and will be followed by a full day of events this Saturday and the annual memorial service this Sunday.

Saturday’s event schedule:

11 a.m., Battle Days Parade, Main Street, line up is 10 a.m. near Main Street Baptist Church. The theme of the parade this year is “Battling for 245 Years;” noon – 4 p.m., Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, various colonial demonstrations will be taking place in the park; noon – high school and elementary school chorus; 1 p.m. – demonstration by Mad Anne Bailey; 1:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Daniel Boone and Pucksinwah; 2 p.m. – gathering of descendants; 2:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Chief Cornstalk and Mad Anne Bailey; 3 p.m. – demonstrations by Daniel Boone and Colonial Games; 3:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Pucksinwah, Mad Anne Bailey and Chief Cornstalk; 6-8 p.m. – Colonial Governor’s Reception at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Sons of the American Revolution members only, tickets required); 8-10 p.m. – Colonial Ball at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, free for ages 13 and up.

Sunday’s event schedule:

10 a.m. – colonial church service; 1-4:30 p.m. – Mansion House open for tours; 2:30 p.m. – memorial service.

The memorial service, and festival, will commemorate the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Point Pleasant.

Admission to the festival is free. Concessions located just outside the park entrance.

Students hear from the festival’s blacksmith.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2238.jpgStudents hear from the festival’s blacksmith. Beth Sergent | OVP

Signing up for the militia.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2240.jpgSigning up for the militia. Beth Sergent | OVP

Junior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, fourth from left, joins the militia with support from Miss Battle Days Emily Prichard, far right.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2245.jpgJunior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, fourth from left, joins the militia with support from Miss Battle Days Emily Prichard, far right. Beth Sergent | OVP

Students learn to take orders from their commanding officer.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2254.jpgStudents learn to take orders from their commanding officer. Beth Sergent | OVP

Junior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, pictured out front, leads the charge.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2260.jpgJunior Miss Battle Days Hadleigh Cossin, pictured out front, leads the charge. Beth Sergent | OVP

Students hear from reenactors near the monument for Chief Cornstalk.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2264.jpgStudents hear from reenactors near the monument for Chief Cornstalk. Beth Sergent | OVP

This young reenactor carries his moccasins.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2269.jpgThis young reenactor carries his moccasins. Beth Sergent | OVP

Learning the art of throwing a hatchet.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2270.jpgLearning the art of throwing a hatchet. Beth Sergent | OVP

Learning the art of throwing a hatchet.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2271.jpgLearning the art of throwing a hatchet. Beth Sergent | OVP

This young reenactor has fun with acorns which fell from a French Oak tree at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2274.jpgThis young reenactor has fun with acorns which fell from a French Oak tree at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Beth Sergent | OVP

Students gather near a reenactor on “Living History Day” at Battle Days.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2275.jpgStudents gather near a reenactor on “Living History Day” at Battle Days. Beth Sergent | OVP

Stirring the apple butter.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2286.jpgStirring the apple butter. Beth Sergent | OVP

Reminding festival goers of “You are my Sunshine.”
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2289.jpgReminding festival goers of “You are my Sunshine.” Beth Sergent | OVP

These 4-H teen leaders take a break from volunteering at the festival to have some lunch from McDonalds in the year 2019. From left, Lexee Wray, Parker Henderson, Kira Henderson and Ethan Kincaid.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2291.jpgThese 4-H teen leaders take a break from volunteering at the festival to have some lunch from McDonalds in the year 2019. From left, Lexee Wray, Parker Henderson, Kira Henderson and Ethan Kincaid. Beth Sergent | OVP

Darla Jackson speaks to children as Mad Anne Bailey.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2293.jpgDarla Jackson speaks to children as Mad Anne Bailey. Beth Sergent | OVP

Reenactors from both sides of history at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2298.jpgReenactors from both sides of history at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Beth Sergent | OVP

No cell phones here. Kids learn about colonial childhood games.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/web1_IMG_2309.jpgNo cell phones here. Kids learn about colonial childhood games. Beth Sergent | OVP

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.