On June 3rd, 1861 the Battle of Philippi took place. This was the first organized land battle of the Civil War. On Saturday, this was celebrated in Philippi with the Blue and Gray Reunion, a tradition since 1989.
"It's like a festival with reenactors and the crafts. Usually the reenacting is a single entity, but this we try to combine a little festival with it to make it more interesting for people," said Linda Wilfong, a Blue and Gray Reunion committee member.
The Battle of Philippi plays a significant role in history.
"There was a lot of people involvement; they weren't prepared to fight yet, so they basically chased them out of town. So it was pretty significant. And it was the first one on soil," said Wilfong.
The Blue and Gray Reunion combines history with fun. Vendors filled Main Street in Philippi with everything from old fashioned soda, to sand art, and even Civil War amputation demonstrations.
Saturday's events featured a ladies tea, a civil war ball, and entertainment at the gazebo.
The reenactment of the first land battle takes place on Sunday.
"Tomorrow will be the main event. It starts at the end of town and go clear up through Hardee's. Like I said we just travel all over the state, there's lots of history in West Virginia for the reenactors to go and do," said Connie Krafft, a reenactor.
For the schedule of events on Sunday, visit this web site.