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 to be 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 into Missouri’s Boone’s Lick region.

The 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.

The Civil War panel to be dedicated Saturday morning is funded by the Crane family of Williamsburg. The panel is the fifth of seven planned along the Gray Ghosts Trail in Callaway County.

All of the Callaway County panels are sponsored by the Callaway Civil War Heritage. The overall sponsor of the Gray Ghosts Trail is Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation Inc.

Saturday’s dedication ceremony is free and features a colorful Blue-Gray Color Guard dressed in Civil War uniforms. They are members of the Elijah Gates Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A fried chicken lunch costing $8 will follow at Marlene’s Restaurant in Williamsburg.

Music will be provided by Centralia’s Battlefield Band and a talk at 1 p.m. by Ron Kamper, an expert on the Boone’s Lick Trail.

From 1-3 p.m. visitors are welcome to visit the home of Joe and Marlene Crane, 3881 Pearl St., which encloses the original 1830s log structure known as McMahan Inn.

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