Annual "Thunder in the Village" Guyandotte Civil War Days

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24 annual "Thunder in the Village" Guyandotte Civil War Days

It 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!


Registration at the VFW  - 11:00am-6:45pm, resume 8:00pm-11:00pm

School Program - 8:30am-2:00pm

Lecture Series: Soldiers in Gray, Guyandotte Baptist Church - 7:00pm

Haunted History Tours, Guyandotte Library - 7:00pm-10:00pm


Breakfast at the VFW - 7:00am-8:30am

Opening Ceremonies at the VFW - 9:30am-10:00am

Registration Open - VFW - 9:00am-11:00pm

Camps Open to Public - 10:00am-4:00pm

Officer's Meeting - 11:00am-11:30am

Lunch at the Baptist Church - 11:30am-12:30pm

Merchants Scenario -  12:45pm-1:00pm

Battle -  1:00pm-1:45pm

Ladies Tea - 2:00pm-3:00pm

Stan Clardy with Bobby Lee Opossum - 2:00pm

Meet the Generals - 3:00pm

Madie Carroll House Open for Tours - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Ball at the VFW Ballroom -8:00pm-11:00pm

Haunted History Tours, Guyandotte Library - 7:00pm-10:00pm


Breakfast at the VFW - 7:00am-8:30am

Officers Call - 9:00am-9:30am

Memorial Service in front of VFW - 10:00am-10:45am

Church Service across from VFW - 11:00am

Lunch at VFW - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Scenarios: March Soldiers out of Town  - 1:00pm-1:20pm

Court Marshall Scenario - 1:30pm

Battle - 2:00pm-2:45pm

Scenario: Attempted Burning of the Madie Carroll House - 3:00pm

Camps open to public - 10:00am-3:00pm