Nestled inside Sharon Woods Park, a quaint trip back in time can be found in the Heritage Village Museum. Thirteen historical buildings have been moved here and placed in a village setting to recreate what Southwest Ohio could have looked like in the 1800s. A variety of buildings are showcased here including homes, a barn, doctor’s office, a printer’s shop, a general store, a church and a school. Volunteers dress in period clothing to demonstrate what life might have been like for people living in this setting during guided tours.

The village is operated by the nonprofit Historic Southwest Ohio, and the museum plans to offer a variety of events to teach visitors about Ohio’s history while bringing a different experience to outdoor activities. Baseball is no exception, as the village hosts vintage baseball in June.

“We are home field for the Cincinnati Red Stockings and for the Buckeyes,” says Deborah Pitel, marketing director for the Heritage Village Museum. “They are two vintage baseball teams, and they follow the baseball rules of 1869.”

June 13 marks the kickoff for a vintage baseball tournament, and games will be taking place on three different fields throughout Sharon Woods. The village will be open for touring during the games, and volunteers will be inside certain buildings doing period crafts and activities, explains Pitel.

“The great thing about the vintage baseball festival is that admission to the village is free,” says Pitel.

Another fascinating event comes to the village one weekend in July. The Civil War Weekend brings the Confederate and Union armies to Sharonville. This year the village will have a special theme for the weekend: The Road to Appomattox. In addition to the Confederate and Union troop reenactors, Generals Grant and Lee reenactors will be in attendance along with President Lincoln and the Confederate President Davis. Battle reenactments happen at 2 p.m. each day.

“Since we are following the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and 1865 when the Civil War ended, the theme of this year’s Civil War Weekend is the Road to Appomattox,” says Pitel.

“We are also going to have Civil War music, period games that people would have played and different history programs,” says Pitel. “There will be lots of things for the whole family to do.”

The village offers guided tours from May through September, lasting approximately an hour and a half. The entire family can live through another place in time at the Heritage Village Museum, and visitors are a part of the experience, learning as they go through the museum.