Heritage Days marches back into Galesburg

The 24th Annual Heritage Days returns to Lake Storey this weekend. 

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, two historic Civil War battles will be re-enacted.
Re-enactors will stage the first battle of General Sherman’s March to the Sea on Saturday at 3:00pm.
Sunday the Battle of Honey Hill will be re-enacted at 2:30pm.
Mark Ebner tells WGIL attendance for the Galesburg re-enactment grows every year. “This has really taken off – as far as participation of tourists who come to town. I think we estimate now that we have over 800 living historians – people from 17 different states come here to Galesburg. It’s grown every single year,” Ebner said. Heritage Days in Galesburg is one of the biggest Civil War re-enactments in the Midwest. The event if family-friendly with free parking, free admission, and a free wagon ride and shuttle to take visitors between encampments. The event features two camps: The Civil War Camp – open 9am to 10pm on Saturday, and 8:30am to 4pm Sunday. The Rendezvous Camp will be open from 4pm to 7pm Friday, 7am to 8pm Saturday and 7 am to 4pm Sunday. Both camps will host a slew of activities for the whole family – from candy cannon blasts, knife & tomahawk throwing, Native American areas, musical entertainment, and demonstrations.