The Jersey County Victorian
Labor Day Weekend
August 31 - September 2, 2013
The Festival has developed a great reputation for
quality entertainment over the years and the 2013 Festival
continues this tradition with exceptional performances
pm - 5 pm
all 3 days
The Chris Talley Bluegrass Band plays a variety
of traditional, gospel and original bluegrass music and old-time
country. Their music
is heard around the United States and the world and has been
featured on KDHX FM. 88.1 in St. Louis.
Chris has won numerous banjo and fiddle contests including
the Illinois State Fair and ITCMA Illinois State Championships on
both banjo and fiddle. Carla brings more than 25 years of
expertise and has backed many fiddle and banjo contestants
including Allison Krauss, has a lovely voice and sings lead
vocals. Zane is well known for his Hank Williams songs, his great
yodeling, and his fine guitar playing.
The band’s interaction with the crowd and musical variety
is a real treat for all!
history states that Jesse and Frank James were frequent
visitors to Hazel Dell and were provided supplies by the sympathetic
Colonel Fulkerson, a Confederate officer during the Civil War, and that
they camped by D’Arcy’s Branch creek while they were
in the area on "banking business." The James Gang
rides again daily at 12 noon in a robbery reenactment
followed by a gun safety demonstration.
1804, dueling had become an American fixture.
Some of America’s most important citizens defended their honor on
the dueling grounds. Dueling
was the preferred way to defend one’s honor, or even to commit murder.
A jilted lover need only wait for a rival’s insult, or even
manufacture one. He was then
free to challenge and kill the rival without condemnation.
By the time of the Civil War dueling was on the decline. If America were to become a truly civilized nation, the
publicly sanctioned bloodshed would have to end.
Duel of Honor will be reenacted daily at the Jersey County Victorian
Festival at approximately 1 p.m. and carried out under the “Code Duello
Guidelines of 1777.”
The weapons of choice will be 1845 Henry LePage dueling pistols. May bravery and righteousness reign over this historical
Civil War Era Sutlers
Visit Civil War era sutlers. During the Civil War era sutlers were
peddlers who would follow the armies selling goods and food. Today's sutlers are
vendors who set up tents at Living History events and specialize in selling replica items from the Civil War era.
Whether you’re a participant looking to add some more gear or a
visitor looking for a unique item, a visit to these merchant’s tents
will offer a treasure trove of unique items including period clothing,
cookware, military paraphernalia, and books that are hard to find
Food, Refreshments, and Shopping
fish sandwiches, pork steaks, homemade root beer, and freshly squeezed
Lemon Shake-ups are just some of the large variety of food and
refreshments available on the grounds. Once your selection is made, you
take to take advantage of the large shade trees covering the patio and enjoy the
musical entertainment and other sights and sounds of the Festival.
Vendors will again have a variety of items for sale. Antiques, arts, and
crafts are located on the grounds around the Mansion, the Museum
Building and throughout the Festival grounds.
Children will enjoy an educational hands-on
experience picking up fresh potatoes that have been
plowed up by an antique tractor pulling a primitive walk behind the potato
plow. The free potatoes are always a treat for the children.