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Featured Event
Oct. 14 & 15 = Knox County Scenic Drive, a celebration of Rural Heritage. Join us for the annual celebration here in Knox County, Illinois. The Knox County Scenic Drive is a self-guided car tour, allowing you to navigate your way through the small towns of Knox County, displaying the best they have to offer. You will encounter old traditions, crafts and skills at each of the stops along the way.  Each stop emphasizes a unique aspect of the rural heritage, but they are all bonded together by a fun, friendly atmosphere with plenty to see and do for the entire family. For more information visit www.knoxcountyscenicdrive.com



Featured Shop
Visit Southern Memories and Cottage Rose Tea Room. They are located on Old Highway 34 in Patterson, Missouri. Hours are for the shop: Wed.-Sat. 10am to 5pm and for the Tea Room: Wed.-Sat. 11am to 3pm. T Visitors may find anything from rustic farmhouse to vintage styled home decor; with antique furniture, southern relics, and specialty clothing & jewelry items.  For more information call 573-856-4131 or visit www.SouthernMemories.com
The Asheford Program is an internationally recognized, professional-level "Profit & Pleasure" Course on the study of antiques, collectibles and appraising. Click here for more information.






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Civil War Living History

     The 150th Civil War Sesquicentennial will be commemorated on the weekend of May 3-5 in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. This living history event began in 2009 and includes Union, Confederate, Sutler and a reenactment.

     On May 4 &5, general public is welcome with camps opening at 9 am both days with 8 am church service for reenactors on Sunday. All encampment activities are located in the Moses Austin Park (look for signs). Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry demonstrations and drills will conducted both Saturday & Sunday. Civil War musical band and Ladies Fashion Show are scheduled for Saturday in the park. Saturday afternoon there will be a reenactment of Federal troops taking possession of Merchant Bank funds at the original downtown site 3 blocks from the encampments. This reenactment will be conducted by local Enlisted Missouri Militia( Ste. Genevieve), Turner Union Brigade (St. Louis),9th Missouri Confederate Infantry, and small artillery detachment (Cape Girardeau).

     On August 14, 1861, Major John McDonald and the 8th Missouri Infantry (250 men) with one cannon, arrived by riverboat from Cape Girardeau, MO to Sainte Genevieve on the Mississippi River (a heavy troop & supply route). Ordered by Major General John C. Fremont, these Federal troops took ‘possession’ of all funds ($58,313.30) from Merchant Bank. This was based upon fear of Confederates led by General Jeff Thompson and his raiders being active in the Southeast Missouri stealing bank funds for financial support of the Confederacy.

     The Civil War Living History Encampment & Reenactment is organized and hosted by the Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326 – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Co. F, 78th E.M.M –Sons of Veterans Reserve of Ste. Genevieve, MO. The St. James camp was named after Lt. Col. St. James GAR Post formed in this small town after the war. Lt. Col St. James died on April 6, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh leading his men of the 13th Missouri Infantry. Colonel St. James is buried close to his parents in the Memorial Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve, MO.

     For more information please contact Gary at email: somewhere1@sbcglobal.net – or Paul at email: dogface2145@yahoo.com.


All encampment activities are located in the Moses Austin Park (look for signs).


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