Historic Bowens Mills


Bowens Mills presents Civil War weekend

By Sarah Harmon

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EW writer Sarah Harmon in Paris EW writer Sarah Harmon in Paris

One hundred fifty years ago, life was much simpler. There was no television, no Internet, and the only kind of Apple you could buy in stores grew on a tree.

Visitors to Historic Bowens Mills on the last weekend of October are able to feel as if they’ve been transported back in time to experience what life was like during the Civil War era.

Children can sit in the antique desks in the oldest one room school in Barry County to be taught about American history by eighty-four year old Virginia Alles, dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Alles enjoys giving pennies to young visitors, telling them it’s a picture of her.

Historic Bowens Mills re-enactment Historic Bowens Mills re-enactment

One of the highlights of the weekend for her this year was meeting a couple of descendants of…

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