Friday, March 27, 2015


Walk, or ride into history with President Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train passing through Gettysburg, Ohio. Saturday, April 18, 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, April 19, 9 AM – 3 PM, the Darke County Park District is hosting the Lincoln Funeral Train Tribute. The very railroad corridor where Lincoln’s Funeral Train passed in 1865 is now the head of the Tecumseh Trail, the Darke County Park’s paved, multi-use trail. Come and ride your bikes, walk or horseback ride (on the grassy sides of the trail) and enjoy other free educational opportunities, rain or shine.

The 35th Light Infantry, a Civil War re-enactment educational group will be there both Saturday and Sunday with a bang, as they are bringing their cannon. They’ll also be bringing the cavalry (horses), the signal corp (how they transmitted messages on the battlefield) and first aid wagons. This educational group will be there to share history and information and do special programs at 11 AM and 1 PM both days. Additionally, they will do a special program on Saturday at 3 PM.

On Sunday only, we are welcoming a Lincoln impersonator from the Dayton Lincoln Society. You and your children will enjoy exploring Lincoln’s childhood at noon, and at 2 PM, he will share an overview of the Civil War and Gettsyburg PA.

Other activities include a chaplain with a non-denominational service on Sunday 9 AM. A Lincoln look-alike contest will be held for both children and adults at 11:45 AM on Sunday. A child’s craft activity of making Lincoln top hats will be provided. Maps with distances will be available for riders or walkers on the trail, as well as outlying areas of interest. All educational programs will be in the tent at the trail head on Bridge Street in Gettysburg

Hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of John’s IGA Versailles, water will be available thanks to the Friends of Darke Co. Parks and Bears Mill will be providing the coffee. There is no charge for this great family event. The Cardinal Center group in Gettysburg will have food available for a fee.

The Lincoln Funeral Train stopped in Bradford to resupply with fuel and water on April 30, 1865. A number of citizens were allowed on the funeral car to pay their respects. The train then entered Gettysburg at 1:10 AM and then went on to Greenville at 1:36 AM. Greenville held a memorial where 500 people gathered at the station.

The Tecumseh trail has been provided primarily with Clean Ohio grant funds, beginning in 2009 with a 1 mile stretch. It now extends 9 ½ miles with more trail length planned. Other sponsors of the trail include Greenville Federal, Greenville National, Second National and Whirlpool Corporation. Special thanks to Jim Surber, County Engineer for his work on the trails.

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