Every year since 1998 Civil War enthusiasts from all around come to Valley Park in Hurricane to take part in the Civil War weekend. The event pays tribute to the soldiers of both the Union and the Confederates who testified in a war that revolved around state’s rights and slavery, and hosts two battlefield reenactments, two recreated camps, a living history lantern tour, and a military ball. The event takes place on the final weekend in March, unless Easter is during that time, then the event will take place the following weekend.
When the event rolls around each year, thousands of people head to Putnam every year for the Civil War Weekend, especially when re-enactors bring back to life the two minor fights that took place there: the Battle of Scary Creek and the Blue and Gray Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge. On July 17, 1861, before the war's first major engagement, the Battle of Bull Run, Yankee forces commanded by General Jacob Cox pushed through the Kanawha Valley and met several thousand Rebel soldiers near Scary Creek, in Scott Depot. Confederate Colonel George S. Patton, grandfather of the famous World War II general, commanded the line at Scary Creek, and after a five-hour firefight, and several unsuccessful Union charges across the Scary Creek Bridge, Patton repelled the federal assault and won the battle. Few soldiers died on either side, however Patton was seriously wounded during one Union surge. Then two years later, on March 18, 1863, Confederate and Union forces met again, at Hurricane Bridge. Again, the fighting lasted about five hours and few men died. Both armies eventually withdrew, according to information from the Civil War Weekend's website. Both of these battles are re-created during an exciting and informative weekend that you are sure to love.
The Wingate by Wyndham is here to accommodate you if you are coming in to town for the Civil War Weekend. Our hotel is 15 minutes away from Hurricane, but is very easily accessible to Interstate 64. Our newly renovated hotel is committed to bringing you all that you need to stay comfortable and relaxed during your time away from home. We have free high-speed Internet and a 24 business center if you are looking to get some work done at any time. Our fully equipped exercise room is a great place to get active, while then relaxing in the indoor spa tub just next door. We offer complimentary beverages and snacks throughout the evening as well as a new expanded breakfast buffet in the mornings. Please don't hesitate to talk to our front desk staff if you have any further questions whatsoever. Thank-you and we hope to see you soon!
- 15 Easy Minutes From Hurricane
- Highlights All Things In the Civil War
- Two Battle Re-enactments
- Loved by Civil War Enthusiasts
- Pay Tribute to Those Who Fought For What They Believed in