Annual "Thunder in the Village" Guyandotte Civil War Days

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"Thunder in the Village" Guyandotte Civil War DaysIt was November of 1861, this sleepy southern town of Guyandotte was firmly in Union hands, when history was made on these very streets. Confederate raiders struck suddenly and quickly, capturing the Garrison and returning the village to the dominion of the Stars and Bars; however the conquest was short-lived, the Confederates leaving town the next morning with their Richmond-bound prisoners in tow. Union liberators returned soon after and took their vengeance on what they considered a "seesech" town. By nightfall, two-thirds of the village had been burned to the ground.

The sights and sounds of the Civil War will return in November. Hundreds of re-enactors will participate in America's greatest street battle. The dirt roads are paved and the modern buildings replace the burned out frames, but this is where history was made and will live again. Come join us!

Guyandotte Civil War Days focuses its programs on this historic event in an effort to celebrate and promote the rich heritage of the area. The re-enactment of the Confederate raid on Saturday is the highlight of this event. The re-enactment is a true re-enactment based on known historical facts concerning the November 10,1861, skirmish.

The re-enactment of the Union Troops recapturing the town on Sunday will demonstrate the actual events of November 11, 1861. Re-enactments of known historic events and living history scenarios will be presented over the weekend. Be sure to check out the display cases at the Guyandotte Library for a display of Civil War facts and photographs.

Event Features:

  • Tour the Historic Madie Carroll House built in 1810
  • Tour Historic Churches
  • Tour Historic Homes & Buildings
  • Civil War Haunted History Tours of Guyandotte
  • Visit Sutlers Row
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food Vendors
  • Battle Scenarios
  • Reenactors Schedule

Public Schedule


Lecture Series: (Guyandotte Baptist Church) 7:00pm


Lecture Series: (Guyandotte Baptist Church) 7:00pm


School Program 8:30am-2:00pm
Lecture Series: (Guyandotte Baptist Church) 7:00pm
Haunted History Tours (Guyandotte Library) 7:00pm-10:00pm


Opening Ceremonies (VFW Post 9738) - 9:30am
Camps open to public - 10:00am-4:00pm
Merchant Scenario - 12:45pm
Battle - 1:00pm
Stan Clardy (Bobby Lee Opossum special for kids) 2:00pm
Meet the Generals (Keenan House) - 3:00pm
Madie Carroll House Open - 12:00pm-4:00pm
Haunted History Tours (Guyandotte Library) 7:00pm-10:00pm


Memorial Service (VFW) - 10:00am
Church Service (VFW) - 11:00am
Camps open to public - 10:00am-3:00pm
Scenarios - Marching Soldiers - 1:00pm, Court Marshall - 1:30pm
Battle - 2:00pm
Attempted Burning of the Carroll House - 3:00pm