Civil War marker event set Saturday in Williamsburg

Re-enactors clad in colorful Civil War uniforms, historic talks, a house tour, music, and wagon rides along the historic Boone’s Lick Trail are among the attractions offered at a Civil War marker dedication Saturday morning in Williamsburg.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, a community celebration at Crane’s Museum in Williamsburg will mark the dedication of a new Civil War interpretive panel on the Gray Ghosts Trail driving tour.

The panel to be dedicated Saturday tells how the historic village was a key site on the Boone’s Lick trail carrying settlers from the trail’s origin in St. Charles, Mo., into Missouri’s Boone’s Lick region.

The Oct. 22 event will have a special dinner with music, wagon rides along the Boone’s Lick Trail and tours of a local house that encloses the historic 1830s McMahan Inn.

The Civil War marker along the Gray Ghosts Trail includes stories of several Civil War guerrillas who operated in the area. It also includes a brief biography of local native Upton Hays, a great-grandson of Daniel Boone. Hays was an active Confederate recruiting colonel in Western Missouri who cooperated for a time with guerrilla chieftain William C. Quantrill.

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