Festival's Final Day

Community Pavilion on Main Street - Sunday 10:30AM to 4:00PM

Fort Site Activities at Washington Park - Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Back by Popular Demand! Historical Church Service Re-enactment at 10:30AM to 1:30PM.

New this Year, starting at 1:30PM, we will close the festival on the upswing with performances by Washington Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet at 1:35PM, the Washington Festival Chorale at 2:25PM, and the WSO Brass Quintet at 3:00PM.

Sunday's Downtown Activities are Sponsored by Lighthouse Electric.

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.

Church now must search for the way to restore the unity in the Spirit. The county was birthed in the midst of revival and experienced several years of tranquility that was interrupted by this Whiskey Rebellion. Where to begin?

Elisha McCurdy, a young pastor/evangelist to this Western Frontier, took it upon himself to begin to meet and pray for the return to peace in this land. This division must end and families must be reunited and move forward in this newly found nation.

Come and hear the rich Religious History of Washington County as a team of reenactors revive this lost history and bring it back to life in the very place where all was unfolded some 230 years ago. Meet Rev. Joseph Smith and his wife, also Elisha McCurdy, Matthew Henderson, and many more. Men, women, and children will come back from time to enlighten the current generations as to the richest blessings of God that were bestowed on this great County of Washington.

You won’t want to miss this event. You will walk away with a new and glorious perspective as seen through the very eyes of God on this land that has experienced the Presence of God time and again.

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.

2018 Sunday Music Line Up

Washington Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet

The WSO Brass Quintet features Washington Symphony Orchestra principals Matt Pienkowski (trumpet), Rick Porter (trombone) and Brian Fulton (French Horn), along with Christopher Campus (trumpet) and Eric Byard (tuba). The Quintet plays their brand of traditional and patriotic music at a number of events throughout the region.  For more information about the WSO go to www.washsym.org.

Washington Festival Chorale

The more than 60 voices  of the Washington Festival Chorale will return this year with a choral performance.  For more info on this organization, visit them at www.washingtonfestivalchorale.org.

Washington Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet

The WSO String Quartet is composed of the principal string players of the Washington Symphony Orchestra and brings the sound of the WSO to smaller venues across the area. Currently it is comprised of Barbara Butler and Caryn Rogers, violins; Andrew Adams, viola; and Greta Schottman, cello. For more information about the WSO go to www.washsym.org.

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.