Living History Event April 22-24


Davis’ visit to Cross Keys House to be reenacted

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Escorted by two soldiers, Confederate President Jefferson Davis makes his way to the Cross Keys House during the 2015 reenactment of his 1865 visit. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.


Courtesy photo Confederate President Jefferson Davis leaves the Cross Keys House after having lunch there during the 2015 reenactment of his visit in 1865. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.


Courtesy photo Confederate and Union soldiers skirmish during the 2015 historical reenactment at the Cross Keys House. Since acquiring the property, the Union County Historical Society has held an annual event featuring reenactments of the final days of the Civil War as well as other historical activities. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.


Courtesy photo The annual weekend of reenactments and other historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society also draws a large number of visitors like these who attended in 2015. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.


Courtesy photo Confederate cavalry prepares to advance on Union infantry during this reenactment of a Civil War skirmish at the Cross Keys House in 2015. The skirmish was part of a weekend of historical events sponsored each year by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.


Courtesy photo Life during the Civil War era will be part of the annual weekend of historical activities and displays at the Cross Keys House this month. The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society which owns the house and surrounding buildings on the property. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature a number of activities and displays designed to educate visitors about life in the Civil War era.


CROSS KEYS — A story from the closing days of the Civil War will once again be reenacted at the Cross Keys House later this month.

After nearly four years of fighting, the capital of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia fell to the armies of the United States of America, forcing the Confederate government to flee the city. Lead by President Jefferson Davis, the Confederate cabinet and other officials headed south, hoping to not only escape the federal forces pursing them, but to somehow continue the fight for southern independence.

The flight of the remnants of the Confederate government brought them to Union County where, on April 29, 1865, Davis and the remaining members of his cabinet and their military escort arrived at the Cross Keys House, home of Mary Ann Bobo Davis. The story goes that when she answered the knock at the door of her home, Mrs. Davis didn’t know who the five well-dressed men asking for a meal were. She did, however, invite them in and serve them lunch, only learning after the meal was over who her guests were when the Confederate president told her they had the same last name.

More than 150 years later, the story of Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House will be reenacted as it has for the past several years under the auspices of the Union County Historical Society. The Society, which owns the house and 25 acres of the original plantation, sponsors an annual Living History Event including the reenactment Davis’ visit each April.

Society member James M. Stepp said that while details are still being worked out, this year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24. Stepp said that, as in the past, the first day of the event, which will be Friday, April 22, will be School Day when local students studying South Carolina history will come out to learn about the event as it relates to the history of the state. School Day is the only part of the event not open to the general public.

The general public will be admitted to the grounds on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24. Stepp said that at 2 p.m. each day there will be a reenactment of Jefferson Davis’ visit. He said each reenactment will then be followed by field activities including the reenactment of a skirmish between Confederate and Union troops involving artillery, cavalry, and infantry.

Stepp said that the grounds will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during which the public will be able to view displays of and learn about life during the Civil War era. He said the Cross Key House will be open to the public along with the cabin, blacksmith shop, barn, kitchen building, carriage building, and smokehouse.

There will also be vendors with food and items of general interest for the public to purchase during the event.

Stepp said this year’s Living History Event will include a new item, a Conestoga-type wagon of the kind that he said did the heavy hauling on the frontier of the 19th century. He said the wagon that will be on display reportedly was built in and used in Union County during the 1800s.

For more information about the Living History Event and related historic matters contact the Union County Museum at 864-429-5081.

Courtesy photo Escorted by two soldiers, Confederate President Jefferson Davis makes his way to the Cross Keys House during the 2015 reenactment of his 1865 visit. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9193.jpgCourtesy photo Escorted by two soldiers, Confederate President Jefferson Davis makes his way to the Cross Keys House during the 2015 reenactment of his 1865 visit. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.

Courtesy photo Confederate President Jefferson Davis leaves the Cross Keys House after having lunch there during the 2015 reenactment of his visit in 1865. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9200a.jpgCourtesy photo Confederate President Jefferson Davis leaves the Cross Keys House after having lunch there during the 2015 reenactment of his visit in 1865. The reenactment of Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House is part of an annual weekend of historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.

Courtesy photo Confederate and Union soldiers skirmish during the 2015 historical reenactment at the Cross Keys House. Since acquiring the property, the Union County Historical Society has held an annual event featuring reenactments of the final days of the Civil War as well as other historical activities. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9226a.jpgCourtesy photo Confederate and Union soldiers skirmish during the 2015 historical reenactment at the Cross Keys House. Since acquiring the property, the Union County Historical Society has held an annual event featuring reenactments of the final days of the Civil War as well as other historical activities. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24.

Courtesy photo The annual weekend of reenactments and other historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society also draws a large number of visitors like these who attended in 2015. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9211a.jpgCourtesy photo The annual weekend of reenactments and other historical activities sponsored by the Union County Historical Society also draws a large number of visitors like these who attended in 2015. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.

Courtesy photo Confederate cavalry prepares to advance on Union infantry during this reenactment of a Civil War skirmish at the Cross Keys House in 2015. The skirmish was part of a weekend of historical events sponsored each year by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9163a.jpgCourtesy photo Confederate cavalry prepares to advance on Union infantry during this reenactment of a Civil War skirmish at the Cross Keys House in 2015. The skirmish was part of a weekend of historical events sponsored each year by the Union County Historical Society. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature reenactments of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865 as well as other historical activities and displays.

Courtesy photo Life during the Civil War era will be part of the annual weekend of historical activities and displays at the Cross Keys House this month. The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society which owns the house and surrounding buildings on the property. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature a number of activities and displays designed to educate visitors about life in the Civil War era.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG_9152.jpgCourtesy photo Life during the Civil War era will be part of the annual weekend of historical activities and displays at the Cross Keys House this month. The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society which owns the house and surrounding buildings on the property. This year’s Living History Event will be held April 22-24 and will feature a number of activities and displays designed to educate visitors about life in the Civil War era.
Davis’ visit to Cross Keys House to be reenacted

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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