METAMORA, Ill. – Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site will join the community’s celebration of Old Settler Days by presenting Civil War re-enactors who offer visitors “a peek into a soldier’s life.”

Company B of the 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry will demonstrate pay calls and drills. They’ll also show how the soldiers would have handled a spy or a Confederate prisoner.

MetamoraCourthouseTheir camp in the local park will be open Friday, June 23, from 1 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, the re-enactors will be marching in the Old Setters Days parade, along with the Metamora Courthouse Dancers, and camp will be open 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

Metamora has held its Old Settler Days festival since 1901. It features live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and a parade.

Metamora Courthouse is one of two surviving courthouses from Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit where Lincoln practiced law for years.

The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.

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