The Big Walnut Area Historical Society wants residents to take some time to remember their ancestors. That's the reason behind Heritage Day, an annual tradition since about 1994, said historical society director Polly Horn. Heritage Day is officially Oct. 4, but the celebration will go on all weekend, she said.

The Big Walnut Area Historical Society wants residents to take some time to remember their ancestors.

That's the reason behind Heritage Day, an annual tradition since about 1994, said historical society director Polly Horn.

Heritage Day is officially Oct. 4, but the celebration will go on all weekend, she said.

On Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, residents will find actors dressed in Civil War era costumes at the Farmers Market, near the gazebo on the village square. They will also appear in the north yard of the Myers Inn, located at 45 S. Columbus Street, Sunbury.

The actors will give visitors a peek at camp life during the war, fire guns and discuss the "upcoming" conflict in the south, Horn said. They will also be able to answer questions.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can watch Gen. William Rosecrans ride his horse to the Town Hall and address his relatives. Tom Paul, portraying Rosecrans, will discuss the memorial fund to create a monument for the real general, who was born in Kingston Township.

Paul will talk to interested parties about Rosecrans' life in return for a donation.

Activities on Sunday will start at noon with a ham and bean lunch, served at the Myers Inn for a donation. The meal will include cornbread and dessert. The money will be used to keep the Myers Inn Museum open, Horn said.

The Rosecrans Headquarters unit will be set up on the north lawn of the Myers Inn so residents can visit the campsite. A P53 Enfield, a Civil War era rifle, will be raffled off to raise money for the Sunbury Civil War Living History pageant, scheduled for May 2010.

The Living History Pageant will be a re-enactment of the Civil War. The event will include "a headquarters unit will be set up with the officer's tent, kitchen fly and a tent or two for men. Someone will be cooking over a fire," Horn said.

The event will also feature gun cannons and re-enactors explaining different topics about the war.