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A Battle For Calhoun
Part 29; The Conclusion of A Battle For Calhoun
by Maricia Mlynek

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The Conclusion of A Battle for Calhoun

In March, I began the series, “A Battle for Calhoun.” The series was due to the onset of several projects based on the Civil War in the county. In a period of only a few months, planning and action began on the reenactment of the Sycamore Skirmish, the development of the Civil War highway stop at Arnoldsburg, and the publication of Major Michael Ayers’ letters.

Work also continues at Heritage Village at Calhoun County Park and Family History Center in Grantsville. Another building was placed in the Village on Friday, Sept. 18. The historic hilltop is growing and now has seven buildings for the history of the county to be preserved.

The newest addition is a 100-year-old workshop. According to Jim Bell, the structure was built and used by Grantsville resident L.T. Stump. It was transported by May Movers from Bell’s property, located South of Grantsville on Rt. 16.

It has been exciting to watch the focus of some of the community turn to the richness of county history. The time may have come when the focus on Calhoun can shift to what we possess, instead of what we lack.

Though this series has come to an end, I believe the “Battle for Calhoun” will continue. Not in the acts of skirmishes and soldiers, but in the acts of those that seek to see the county progress and grow.

With the successful completion of the county’s first annual Sycamore Skirmish re-enactment, some can now see that our identity could be the source of our progress. There is still work to be done.

Could something great be on the horizon for Calhoun  County?

I guess that will depend on you. If you are an able body, get involved in projects at the park or with the historical society. Devote time to preserving the past. Get up and work toward the future. Our yesterdays will help lead and form our tomorrows, but only through the labors of those that are willing to make it happen.


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