August 5th and 6th 2017
This family weekend includes living history demonstrations, a civilian camp loaded with entertainment, wonderful period music, storytelling, sutlers, a baseball game, children’s activities, reenactments, a Civil War Ball and more!
TALA was an important Military Post.
The Civil War was the most tumultuous event in American history. It not only divided the country but splintered families and friendships into bitter adversaries. Nowhere was this tragic factionalism more evident than in Border States like Virginia. The emerging Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the town of Weston, and surrounding Lewis County, then still part of Virginia, was no exception. The events that took place here, although generally unknown, played a key role in remolding the United States and have had lasting effects that are felt to this day.
150 years ago the war for Southern independence was in its 3rd full year of devastating battles, grinding campaigns, and overwhelming loss. The entire South, in most still believed Western Virginia was Southern land, suffered from the enormous amount of casualties. To put it in perspective with today’s population; over 3 million men would already be gone with some of the deadliest fighting yet to occur. The women of the South bore the greatest burden of this loss. Money was nowhere to be found. In many towns all the men were gone. To add even more misery conscription was in full effect in an attempt to replenish the depleted Army. Our fictitious town is just such a place. The only remaining citizens are women who are saddened, bitter, and now angry. They have also become like hardened veterans, and are developing a new sense of independence as a result of their situation and the need to survive. Please enjoy just a sampling of the personal, social and political issues of the day as viewed, not through soldiers’ eyes, but through the common female civilian of the time.
We are currently looking for The Civil War Ball music. We need an experienced period band with a caller. Punch and Cookies was provided and the set was chosen and arranged by Porch Fluff Sutlery.