The Historical Society Museum will be a center of activity this weekend as Taylorville and Christian County celebrate their 175th anniversaries.
Events begin Friday (10-03) with the arrival of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Unit, a group of Civil War reenactors who will camp out on the grounds all weekend. Friday night at 6 and 7:30 pm, there will be a reenactment of Abe Lincoln's famous almanac trial, with Christian County States Attorney Mike Havera as Honest Abe. Seats for the event are limited, as the performances take place in the old County Courthouse where Lincoln actually practiced law. Dessert and beverages will be provided afterwards.
Saturday and Sunday events will include tours of historical buildings, blacksmithing and horse shoeing, along with Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln impersonators. Both days will feature a Tea Party in Morrison House, as well as period music and food vendors. Several crafts will be exhibited, including quilting and soap making. Antique autos and farm machinery will be on display.
With the Chillifest taking place Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Taylorville, organizers have arranged for shuttles to transport attendees between venues. The Christian County Historical Society is located near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48 on the city's east side, next door to the Super 8 Motel.