Date: April 10, 2010
Time: Noon - 4 PM
Place: Green Valley Park
A border town in a border area, the citizens of Payson have been of divided sympathies in the great conflict between North & South. Cries of "Save the Union!" and "States Rights and the Constitution!" were heard with equal passion on the streets of this formerly peaceful town. But then came news that Confederate soldiers had fired on Fort Sumter - and that Northern soldiers had invaded Virginia.
Rhetoric quickly gave way to organized force.
Confederates were first in garrisoning Payson but the Union has also recognized the town's strategic value and has sent a force to drive the Southerners out and claim Payson for the Union.
Will the North succeed in capturing the town? Or will Southern forces mount a successful defense? If the Union forces succeed in driving out the Confederates will they be viewed as conquerors - or as liberators?
Perhaps it is a question of perspective, a question upon which the townspeople will have much to say...
Education is part of the story...
"We Make History" proudly presents "The Battle of Payson," a first-person interactive drama featuring soldiers and civilians of the North & South, live battle enactments, interaction with townspeople and military personnel and a tribute to all of America's veterans both past and present.
The public is encouraged to arrive at noon for a family oriented day of education, inspiration and highly interactive living history.
Festival atmosphere with food & activities...
Local food and other vendors will be present. Admission is free!
More about “We Make History”
We Make History is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to family-friendly education that is creative and interactive, making inspirational use of history and the arts as we honour those who went before us. Nationally known and nationally active, We Make History has served families, communities, schools, historic sites and more in our educational mission through historical reenactments, historic balls, historic portrayals, speeches, seminars, workshops and much more.
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