POINT PLEASANT — If the Mothman Festival provides the mystery of Point Pleasant, the Battle Days festival surely provides the history of the historic city.
Battle Days returns next weekend, Oct. 7-9, with the majority of events at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, with some activities on Main Street in downtown Point Pleasant. Events include the annual parade, an outdoor drama, reenactments and exhibitions of life in the 1700s — specifically, life in Point Pleasant and the surrounding area.
The Battle Days Committee has released its festival itinerary which appears here:
Friday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum open; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. crafts on Main Street, encampments and demonstrations; 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., two performances of History in the Round, an outdoor drama centered around the Battle of Point Pleasant. According to the Battle Days Committee, History in the Round tells the story of the Princess of the Point through sound, lighting and dramatic presentations. Visitors can hear her tragic story as it intertwines with that of the Battle of Point Pleasant, Ann Bailey and Chief Cornstalk. There will be some seating provided, visitors may bring a chair. There is no cost for this event and very little walking is required.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., crafts, activities, entertainment sponsored by Main Street Merchants; 11 a.m. parade on Main Street; noon, elementary school chorus, wagon rides start at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 12:30 p.m. John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps perform; 1 p.m., Center Shot Ministries (archery), Chief Cornstalk reenactor, Pipes and Drums; 1:30 p.m., Colonial Games, Daniel Boone reenactor, Dulcimers musical performance; 2 p.m. Modock Rounders perform, Ann Bailey reenactor; 2:30 p.m. Chief Cornstalk reenactor; 3 p.m. Ann Bailey renenactor; 3:30 p.m. Daniel Boone reenactor; 4 p.m. Princess Tea Party, (the Princess of the Point and her friends will serve tea and cookies to all princesses under the pavilion in their “magical kingdom,” cost is $8 per princess which includes admission, refreshments and favors, RSVP was required), also at 4 p.m., Kootaga Indian Dancers; 6-8 p.m. Colonial Governor’s Reception at American Legion (Sons of the American Revolution members only, tickets required); 7-9 p.m. “An Evening with the Newmans” is presented (the Mansion House will be lit by lanterns as Walter and Catherine Newman reenactors share stories of life on the Virginia frontier, period music and light refreshments will be provided); 8-10 p.m., Colonial Ball at the American Legion (free for ages 13 and up).
Sunday, Oct. 9: 10 a.m. Colonial Church Service; 1-4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 2 p.m., memorial service honoring those militiamen killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
Admission into Battle Days is free. The festival also provides educational opportunities for local students in Mason County Schools at no charge.
Information provided by Diana Johnson on behalf of the Battle Days Committee.
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