Today we do not think much about the involvement of Smithville in the Civil War, but if you take time to visit any one of our three Historic Cemeteries you will learn of the community members whom fought for our country; Presbyterian Church Cemetery has two Civil War Veterans; Old Lutheran Church Cemetery has three Civil War Veterans and Old Order River Brethren Church Cemetery (a.k.a Dunkards, Winebrennerian & Hill Cemetery) has seven Civil War Veterans. (Maps available at the Downey Pioneer Visitors Center and the Heritage Center.)
On Saturday, June 15 from 10 A. M. to 4 P.M. at the Pioneer Village we will present Civil War “History Day”. Twelve or more Civil War Reenactors will depict what a day in the life of a soldier was like during the Civil War. Some of our presenters will be a group from the 41st OVI Infantry which will preform drills on the field behind the Irvin Pioneer Log Cabin; Gen. & Mrs. Robert E. Lee; Pres. & Mrs. A. Lincoln; Buffalo Bill Cody; Ohio Light Guard; 1st OVLA, 1st USSS Co.; Emma Edmonds, the spy; and many displays in the buildings, tents, tables and much more.
The Smithville Stars Vintage Base Ball team has relocated to the old school grounds across the street from the Church of God. They will be playing the Bay Village Villagers at 11 A.M. and 1:15 P.M. The new location gives the fans and players better shade under some wonderful old trees.
Our Dulcimer musicians Norma Trotter, Barb Mast and Friends will be playing on the porch of the Irvin Pioneer Log Cabin throughout the day. All of the buildings at the Pioneer Village and the Mishler Weaving Mill will be open the extended hours. Our craftsmen will be displaying their crafts and host will be in each building to tell the story of each building at the Pioneer Village.
There are new displays of vintage hats on the second floor and on the first floor, the Story of Sayre's IGA operated by three generations of the family. (Today's proprietor, Judy Sayre loaned many items for the display and she will be serving the “Old Fashion Ox Roast Sandwiches while they last.) Visit the Caboose and view the display celebrating the 75th Anniversary of “Smoky the Bear.” In most of the buildings you will see tags on items that were donated within the last year.
At the Mishler Weaving Mill our weavers will be busy creating items on our looms. All items that are made at the Village and Mill are available at the Gift Shop at the Mill. The Akron Area Model-T Museum will be open displaying a new addition of a Model-T Fire Engine. The Heritage Center will have displays of the Mishler Family items; cameras and pictures taken by Dan Mishler; and History of the Smithville/Green Local Schools.
The Pioneer Village showcases the pioneer lifestyle with buildings and artifacts dating from 1830 to 1890.
Managed by the not-for-profit Smithville Community Historical Society, the Board of Directors provides governance oversight and resource development and marketing and volunteer services to the Pioneer Village.
The Society has been managed entirely by volunteers since its founding incorporation in 1990.
Membership is an easy way to get involved and help preserve 19th century artifacts, including log cabins in Smithville and an example of the Early American Pioneering lifestyle.
Membership Levels include:
Individual $10 per year
Family $15 per year
Life Membership $100 per person
Student $5.00 per year
PO Box 12, Smithville, Ohio 44677
Pioneer Village Town Center
180 Main Street, Smithville, Ohio 44677
381 E. Main Street
East Main Street, Smithville, Ohio 44677, United States
Wednesdays 1:30 to 4:00