The Effingham County Courthouse Museum will hold their Celebration of the 1872 Courthouse on Saturday, October 14th.
We recently spoke with Delaine Donaldson of the Courthouse Museum in regards to the celebration. According to Donaldson, a full day of Civil War Era events are planned. The day will start at 10:00am when the Museum opens. Then from 10:30am to 11:30am, local historian, Phil Lewis, will present a lecture titled “Hiram Ulysses Grant & the Second Empire Architectural Style”. According to Donaldson, the lecture will focus on architectural styles from the time of Grant’s presidency, which was when the Courthouse was built.
Following Lewis’ presentation, a display will be held on the 2nd floor of the museum at 1:00pm. According to Donaldson, the display is a look at Godey’s Magazine, which showcases the fashion from the Civil War Era.
Starting at 3:00pm, singer-songwriter, Chris Vallillo, will be performing on the 2nd floor. Vallillo will be performing American Roots music. The cost to attend this performance is $15. Following Vallillo’s performance, Brian Ellis will be presenting a General Logan impersonation. According to Donaldson, Ellis’ impersonation will give a first person account into General Logan’s life.
The evening will wrap up with a Civil War Era dance by the Salt Creek String Band and a caller. Donaldson encourages all Grand Ball attendees to come in Civil War Era attire, but stated that it is not required. The price to attend the Grand Ball is $30. According to Donaldson tickets for both Vallillo and the Grnad Ball are $40 when purchased together.
Listen below for the full interview with Delaine Donaldson.