By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – With all the activities planned for Booneville Heritage Day in downtown Booneville on Saturday, even people born and reared in the city are likely to find out much they didn’t know about their hometown.
A 10 a.m. tour of downtown’s historical buildings and 1 p.m. cemetery tour of significant figures from Booneville’s history are two highlight events.
Activities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Historic Depot and conclude at 3 p.m. All programs and events are free, though there will be authors of Civil War books selling and signing their works and vendors selling food.
“We decided to add other activities for the day to promote the historical assets of our town and county, thus the ‘Walk Through Downtown’ and the ‘Cemetery Tour’,” said Coordinator Diane Garvin.
The timing of Heritage Day is tied to the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, and the burning of Booneville’s train depot on May 30, 1862.
The renovated depot houses the Rails and Trails Museum, which will be open for Heritage Day, as will the historic Cunningham House, where General Nathan Bedford Forrest stayed the night before leading Confederate troops in a successful Battle of Brice’s Crossroads.
In the area between the two buildings, re-enactors will set up a living history camp and be dressed in period attire. Also in that area will be authors who have written books about the Civil War.
Other historic demonstrations include the United Daughters of the Confederacy with their display at the museum; the Tri-State Hunters Relic Club with Civil War artifacts; collectors of traps and fur pelts set up on West Church Street in front of the site of the former Holley Fur Trading Company, now Dickerson Furniture.
“Our hopes are to continue Heritage Day each year promoting a specific event or anniversary significant to the area,” Garvin said.