The Asylum's Civil War Weekend

2017 Civil War Weekend Reenactor-Civilian Registration2017 Civil War Weekend Sutler Registration

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.

Saturday, August 5th  
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Union and Confederate Troop Registration
10:00 am to 9:00 pm Event is open to the public
10:00 am to 8:00 pm Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Tours are open ($10.00 to $35.00)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm  Civil War Soldiers perform military drills on the Lawn
10:00 am to 3:30 pm Registration for children 2 to 10 for “Our Little Soldier” at
the Story Telling Tent
11:00 am to 11:30 am  
11:30 pm to 12:00 pm Story-Telling Tent – Civil War Soldiers Letters home – Reading
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Story Telling Tent – Hayes Comedy Court
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Story Telling Tent – Tea and cookies provided by Porch Fluff Sutlery
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm All visitors gather at the fountain for the Battle Reenactment and Borderland Play
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Story Telling Tent – Hayes Comedy Court
4:00 pm to 4:25 pm Story Telling Tent – “Our Little Soldier” Training
4:25 pm to 5:00 pm Story Telling Tent – “Our Little Soldier” presentation to parents and parade on the lawn & Kirkbride
5:15 pm to 6:30 pm Large Pork Dinner, brown beans, rolls, apple, and water
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Civil War Ball, Beginners welcome, all dances taught; period dress encouraged but not required. Punch and Cookies will be provided.
10:00 pm to 1:30 pm Extended Paranormal Tour
(FREE for registered reenactors and sutlers & $40 for the public)
Sunday, August 6th  
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Event is open to the public
10:00 am to 10:30 pm Nondenominational religious service and everyone is welcome
10:30 am to 11:30 am Final Battle
11:30 am to 2:00 pm Baseball Game - reenactment of the first baseball game on the Asylum Lawn and the last as the state of Virginia. (Jones-Imboden Raid 1863)
2:00 pm Event and Sutlers close and the event ends

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.
For the Saturday dinner we’ll have Pork, baked beans, corn & green beans, roll, apple, and water. Visitors can join in on the meal for just $6.

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.

2017 Civil War Weekend Reenactor-Civilian Registration Form

2017 Civil War Weekend Sutler Registration