Organizers of the Hilliard Ohio Historical Society's annual Heritage Day have pledged this year's event will be more vivid than those in the past.

For the first time, live cannon and musket fire is scheduled as part of the event, the said.

Heritage Day will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Historical Village at Weaver Park, adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St.

Parking and admission are free.

Shirley Russell, a member of the historical society and chairwoman of the Heritage Day planning committee, said organizers want to make "living history at Heritage Day a staple" beyond the tours docents have traditionally provided for buildings in the village.

"We got more than we expected," Russell said.

At the society's behest, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Battery A Statehouse Unit will bring a cannon and muskets to Heritage Day.

A cannon will be fired once at the top of each hour and muskets at the bottom of the hour during the event, Russell said.

The unit also will bring impersonators of military officers from the Civil War.

"They were excited to come out," Russell said.

"We're bringing an incredible lineup," said Valerie Hamill of the Statehouse Unit.

Impersonators will include Gen. John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate officer; Gen. George Custer, a Union officer famous for later being killed in the American Indian Wars; and Maj. Pauline Cushman, a Union spy who is believed to be the first known female U.S. Army veteran, Hamill said.

Also at the event, the Civil War Herb Lady will demonstrate how triage was performed on battlefields using herbs, spices and other kinds of remedies; antique vehicles will be on display; hayrides will be available; and demonstrations and tours will be provided.

Tours are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students. Children under 5 are free.

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