1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa will commemorate its sesquicentennial Sept. 14 and 15, featuring reenactors from the Civil War era. The celebration begins today with a field trip for local students. The students will participate in live history lessons from the Comstock Civil War Reenactors, the Pony Express Association and the Badges, Bandits and Bloomers.
Harriet's Civil War Dinner and Ball will be held at night. The event will feature the Butterfield Brass Band and the Comstock Civil War Reenactors as they demonstrate Civil War era waltzes, led by their Ball Master. The public is invited to participate in this free event; period dress is optional. There will be a 3-course prix fixe dinner overlooking the ball. Two dinner seatings are available: the first at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 pm. The dinner coss $35 per person. Call 1-888-RES-1862 to reserve your dinner seats. The free ball will kick off with the Grand March at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday presents a full day of living history, with presentations and performances by the Badges, Bandits and Bloomers, the old west reenactors bring to life some the region's most famous and infamous lawmen, outlaws and ladies including early Genoa settler Henry Van Sickle, U.S. Deputy Marshall John L. Blackburn and Chief of the Comstock, Langford Farner Peel. The Pony Express Association will re-enact a mail exchange, since 1862 David Walley's is located on the original Pony Express Route. Recounting the eerie experiences of his duty, Pony Express Rider Warren Upson will present the Sensational Hauntings of the Carson Valley.