The 14 acres of Frontier Village at Loy Park in Denison bustled with activity Saturday as a group of people dressed in period clothes sat out on the porches of some of the 11 historic buildings in the park and busied themselves with the types of things people on the home front would have done during the Civil War.
The event was part of the Frontier Village & Museum of Grayson County’s celebration of Civil War days.
President of the Board of Directors of Frontier Village Linda Miller said they were pleased with the turnout for the event.
“We are trying to do the education part of our commitment as set forth in our bylaws,” Miller said. “We are supposed to preserve these 11 of the oldest buildings in Grayson County. We are supposed to have a research center which we are working on and we are supposed to do historic education. What we are trying to show is whatever was going on at home had to keep going while the men were off fighting.”
Miller said that is also true in any time of war, whether it be the Civil War or World War II or any future war.
Friday, she said, school children from Van Alstyne visited the park and they had several sets of home school students go through on Saturday.
“This is something we have done for several years,” Miller said, noting they have tried different seasons of the year in an effort to find the perfect time to hold the event.
The spring can be problematic because schools are busy wrapping up the year and the summer is hard due to the heat. The fall is a good time, she said, except fall weekends are packed with activities. So she said they just had to pick a weekend and go for it.
The event included a group of re-enactors who had traveled to the park to do things the way they were done back when Grayson County men would have been serving in the Civil War.
Emily Mitchell was one of a number of such women sitting on the front porch of a house at the park. She was crocheting a pair of socks.
She said this week was her first time at the Frontier Village Civil War Days re-enactment but not her first time to dress up in period clothes to relive the past. She said she likes the Grayson County event.
“The smaller ones are some of the best ones because you get to get involved in everything,” Mitchell said.
She said she became involved in re-enactments after attending one near her home for several years and finally asking about getting involved.
“I love history and this is living history,” Mitchell said and then noted that “our unit (the 9th Texas Calvary) is like a big family so it is a good time spent with good people.”
Shawna Merriman of Tom Bean brought 9-year-old Dallas to the event. Even though Dallas wasn’t very talkative about his reasons for spending part of Saturday in the park, Merriman said he is “a history kid,” who really enjoys attending the event each year.
Though the Civil War Days ended on Saturday, those who are interested can go out next weekend to take part in two activities going on. On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., children can trick or treat at the village. Fun will include games like mini golf, a bounce house and a treat walk. Concessions will be available. Admissions for kids from 3 to 11 is one non-perishable food item and admission for adults is two non-perishable food items. All food items collected will be donated to a local shelter or food bank.
Then once the little ones have had their fun, the village welcomes those up for a bit of spookiness to come out and hear ghost stories in the village. That starts at 6 p.m and continues until 9 p.m. Entry is $5 and the fun is recommended for those ages 12 and up.