Letter to editor: Andover celebration meaningful

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

On the weekend of June 4, Andover commemorated the sesquicentennial of the start of the great Civil War during our annual Colonial Days Festival.

This event, in many ways, was on par with last year’s celebration of Andover’s 175th anniversary.

Thanks to the support of seven generous corporate sponsors, all the venues were free for visitors, who came from near and far.

Other than a few minor traffic jams, everything went off without a hitch. With scores of volunteers helping, hospitality was extended to visitors of all ages.

In addition to the Confederate and Union troops, Native Americans and settlers, visitors were surprised to see and hear General Grant and Abe Lincoln.

The Sunday Civil War memorial service was especially meaningful when the late Armin Weng was remembered as a wreath was placed on the Civil War monument. Armin was this area’s leader in researching and telling the stories of the Civil War, often while dressed in his Union captain’s uniform.

If you were unable to attend this year’s festival, you are invited to come for a visit to some of the interesting places we have, like the ones on the National Register of Historic Places: the Jenny Lind Chapel, the Andover Historical Museum, and the American Woman’s League Chapter House.

A picnic or fishing at the beautiful Andover Lake Park might interest you. Or you can just drive, bike or walk around town to see 25 well-marked unique sites. For example, you can see an old jail house that is the only jail located in the outfield of a ball diamond, and the largest cucumber magnolia tree north of Springfield.

You might wish to mark your calendar to visit Andover on Saturday, Aug. 20, for an art show on the lawn of the historical museum.

For more information, please visit www.visithenry county.com or call (309) 937-1255.

Ron Peterson, Andover