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Several Activities Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Death and Funeral Train Passing Through Plain City.


On April 29, 1865, 150 years ago, the train carrying Abraham Lincoln’s body passed through Plain City (named Pleasant Valley at that time) between 8:45-9 pm. To commemorate this epic event, several programs will take place in Plain City, as well as around Ohio. Lincoln who died on April 15, 1865 was a much beloved president and it is estimated that one-third of the population of the United States witnessed the passing of the former president aboard his funeral train between April 21, when the train left Washington, and May 2, when it arrived in Springfield, Illinois for his burial.

A 2015 replica Lincoln Funeral Train has been made and will follow the same journey the original train took in 1865. To find out more about the 2015 Funeral Train and its route through Ohio, go HERE.

To find out more about the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train on Facebook, go HERE.

The Plain City Public Library and the Friends of the Plain City Public Library will host three events highlighting Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. For more information on the events, go HERE.

The Library’s three events are summarized below. All three events take place at the Library, 305 West Main Street, Plain City.


On Thursday April 16 at 7 pm, Mr. Robert Brugler will present an educational look at the life of the beloved president. He will perform as Abraham Lincoln himself.

On Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 pm, there will be a Maker’s Workshop for Kids: Drums and Guitars. Music will be mixed with history in this workshop where kids will create a toy instrument and learn a song that was popular during the Civil War.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm, musician Steve Ball will perform American Civil War music on an authentic 1860’s guitar.

To learn more about Steve Ball, go HERE.

Immediately following the Steve Ball Civil War Concert at the Library, the Plain City Historical Society will host a program at the former railroad station site between 8-9 pm on Wednesday, April 29 at 250 Maple Street in Plain City. The ceremony will include bagpiper Drew Lear, local VFW and American Legion Honor Guard, as well as an address from retired Lt. General Charles E. Stenner. There will be a moment of silence at 8:45 pm (the time of the train’s arrival), followed by an Honor Guard rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” by trumpeter, Doug Weakley. To find out more, go HERE.

Check out the flyer below for information on all of the events in Plain City.

Lincoln Funeral Train

Additionally, if you miss Robert Brugler portraying Abe Lincoln at the library, you can listen to another Lincoln historian on Tuesday, May 26 at the Plain City Historical Society’s monthly meeting at 7 pm at 111 West Main Street in Plain City.

On April 30 from noon to 1:30 pm, Scott Trostel, author of The Lincoln Funeral Train will speak at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus about his research on the Funeral Train. To learn more, go HERE.

2015 also marks the Civil War’s 150th Anniversary. A web site and Facebook page have been set up by the Ohio Historical Society to remind Ohioans of this important date and give information on upcoming lectures and events.

To visit the Ohio Civil War 150 web site, go HERE and to visit their Facebook page, go HERE.




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