Sunday, July 8th

Back by Popular Demand! Historical Church Service Re-enactment & Family Social

New this Year, starting at 1:30PM, we will close the the festival on the upswing with performances by Washington Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet, the Washington Festival Chorale, and the WSO Brass Quintet.

Community Pavilion on Main Street - Sunday 10:30PM to 4PM
Fort Site Activities at Washington Park - Sunday 11AM to 4PM

Festival's Final Day

Join the Washington family of churches as we come together to celebrate a dramatic presentation of the religious history of Washington County at the Community Pavilion on Main Street. The music starts at 10:30AM. This unique historical re-enactment will begin at 11AM.

The 18th century church will come alive through a live theatrical performance, conducted in such a way to capture the authenticity and power that was the church of the late 1700’s. The preaching and music will reflect the robust faith of the era.  In the words of the Rev. I.N. Hays who spoke during the Centennial Celebration of the Founding of Washington County in 1881 on its Religious History. “This county was brought into existence in the midst of revival…  In this, beyond everything else do we find the most distinguishing feature of our history… Washington County would not be Washington County without her grand and sublime religious History.”

The churches of Washington County during the Whiskey Rebellion were as divided as the population. As a place of worship and a community gathering place they welcomed both those loyal to the federal government and the whiskey rebels, but not necessarily at the same time or place. This resulted in a desperate time of prayer and reflection to reunite the church and the community as it had been prior to the Whiskey Rebellion.

At the end of the service there will be an intermission so that those attending may enjoy the food vendors.  From 12:30PM to 1:30PM, there will be a rousing presentation of the great songs of the church from the late 1700’s to the present. This fast-paced, inspirational segment will encourage participation from those in attendance, that will be performed by various talented singers, and musicians for the area church community.

Following the service will be performances by Washington Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, the Washington Festival Chorale, and the WSO Brass Quintet.

Visit the Washington County Historical Society’s Schneider’s Frontier Fort in Washington Park. The Historical Society welcomes visitors to relive history at its authentic 18th century fort.

Included in the day will be an 18th Century Military Encampment, Native American Encampment and Demonstrations, Hide Tanning, 18th Century Trading Post, period sutlers, 18th Century trade demonstrations and weapons displays, Woodworking Shaving Horse & Treenware Demonstrations. There will also be cannon and musket demonstrations throughout the day. Enjoy a visit to the Hangman’s Noose Tavern at the Kennedy Log House. Peruse the ware for sale from the Fort Site merchants and sutlers and much more.

Sutlers and Vendors – Both Saturday & Sunday at the park

*A sutler is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp, or in quarters. Sutlers sold wares from the back of a wagon or a temporary tent, traveling with an army or to remote military outposts.

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